Turkey Sweet Potato Soup

Bowl of turkey sweet potato soup

5 from 2 reviews

A hearty, well-seasoned soup with ground turkey, chunks of sweet potato, and rice. You can make this soup in only about 35 minutes!


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  • 2 tablespoons oil (see note 1)
  • 1 pound (454 g) 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 cups (282 g) chopped onion (about 1 large onion)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cups (586 g) sweet potato cubes, 1/2 inch in diameter (about 1 very large sweet potato)
  • 1 cup (184 g) long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 6 - 8 cups (1.4 - 1.9 L) broth, any type (turkey, chicken, beef, etc.)


  1. Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ground turkey. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, or until the turkey is browned. During cooking, stir frequently and break up the ground turkey into smaller chunks with a wooden spoon. 
  2. Stir in the chopped onion, kosher salt, pepper, paprika, coriander and cumin. Continue to cook for an additional 2 - 3 minutes or until the onions are softened.
  3. Add in the sweet potato chunks and rice. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in 6 cups of broth and turn the heat to high to bring to a boil. Once the broth is boiling, turn the heat down to maintain a gentle boil, partially covering the pot with a lid (leave about a 1 - 2 inch opening). 
  5. Gently boil the soup for 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the sweet potato chunks are tender. Check on the soup periodically during the cook time. If most of the liquid has been absorbed, stir in some additional broth. 
  6. Taste the soup and add more salt and/or pepper if needed. If needed, thin the soup out with more broth.


I used olive oil, but feel free to use whatever oil you usually cook with, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil.

Kosher salt is coarse grained; if you want to substitute fine grain salt, start with only 1 teaspoon, taste the finished soup, and add more if desired.

The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator, and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice. See our full nutrition disclosure policy.


Keywords: turkey sweet potato soup, turkey rice soup