Recipes || Cumin Sweet Potato Soup


There are so many reasons why I gravitated towards Nicole Centeno’s new Soup Cleanse Cookbook and this Cumin Sweet Potato Soup recipe.  For starters, Parker’s school serves a wide variety of soups for lunchtime at school and she’s always talking about them! It’s such a clever way to get kids to eat their veggies or experience new flavors in a way that’s fun. Summertime in Texas hasn’t exactly had me in the mood for soup, but it’s on my fall to do list.  Also, I love that pureed soups like this one work for everyone.  Whether you have a 6-month-old, a 16-year-old or a 60-year-old at home, it’s something flavorful that everyone can enjoy. Lastly, there’s no better way to use up leftover ingredients in your refrigerator than soup.  It’s a literal melting pot for all kinds of veggies and herbs.  I love the way Nicole labels each of her soup recipes in combinations of the categories: energy, strengthen, detox and heal.  She’s quick to point our the benefits of each of the ingredients in the soups, so that you can choose the one that your body most needs at that moment.  What could be more fitting for this fall season we are about to enter?  Keep reading for this super simple and delicious Sweet Potato Soup recipe and be sure to check out Nicole’s new book!

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Cumin Sweet Potato Soup


  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/4 cup  loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • pinch of red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 cups of water

Why Soup?


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until soft. When the potatoes are done open the foil and let cool before handling.
  3. In a countertop blender combine cooked potatoes, cashews, and soaking water, cilantro, ground red pepper, salt, cumin, and 3 cups of the water.  Blend until very smooth. You want a thin, milkshake consistency.  Add the remaining water as needed to reach this consistency.  Serve warm or chilled.


Recipe for Cumin Sweet Potato Soup and Photos provided by Nicole Centeno.  Purchase her Soup Cleanse Cookbook here!

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