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Sweet Potato and Crab Soup

This sweet and savory soup is quick and easy to prepare. You can substitute butternut squash or pumpkin for the sweet potatoes, depending on what you have on hand. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 medium leeks (white portion only), finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 12 ounces lump crabmeat, drained
  • Croutons, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat; saute leeks and garlic until leeks are tender, 4-6 minutes.
  • Stir in sweet potatoes, 3/4 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, cayenne and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes.
  • Puree soup using an immersion blender or cool slightly and puree soup in batches in a blender; return to pan. Stir in cream and 2 teaspoons thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add crab and the remaining salt and thyme; cook 5 minutes, stirring gently to combine. Top servings with crab mixture and, if desired, croutons.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 370 calories, 28g fat (18g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 994mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • millsapm
    Oct 30, 2020

    Wonderful, decadent recipe. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Did not make any changes.

  • trisha
    Oct 17, 2020

    This soup is DEFINITELY restaurant worthy!! The texture, the spices, everything about it is perfect! Think I will try chunks of cooked lobster next time for a special treat.

  • Chuck122
    Jan 30, 2020

    When I first read the name, I was skeptical on how it could come together. I did omit the thyme and I stirred the crab meat right into it. Cut the recipe in half for the two of us giving us each two bowls. Was very simple to make and has a flavor making you want more. The cinnamon and cayenne pepper play very well off each other. Will definitely make this again, but a whole batch so I have some for later.