Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com
Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com

“There’s something about new houses and rainy winters,” my husband said, as he surveyed the weather forecast with his vigilant eye.

Our first winter in California was christened with relentless rainstorms, each day the sky opening to downpour on us as we commuted to and from work, barely giving us a break. It was a good ski season, so we heard, but we were too busy getting settled in our very first house at the time. There was no time to take advantage of the snow in the mountains. Instead, there were rainy trips to Home Depot, and we spent those wet nights and weekends busying ourselves with home projects.

When we weren’t working on the house, we nested, we planned our wedding, and I spent any spare moment I could in the kitchen. I cooked, and I baked, tackling recipe after recipe.

Looking back, that first winter was a very cozy time.

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Kale gives this soup a healthy boost!

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Brilliant sweet potatoes take in a beautiful red curry coconut flavor in this delicious soup.

Our second house in LA was the same. Flash floods and hillside landslides were the story of our winter there, along with finding ways to entertain a one year old.

And our third house? Another wet winter – landscaping projects saw long delays, and this time, we did play in the mountains – with toddler and a 5 month old in tow – in spring snow, no less!

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A hearty, healthy soup, perfect for cold rainy days.

Here we are, our fourth house, and as fate would have it, the heavens poured our very much needed rain all week, and there’s more to come. Soup is what I crave, and I keep finding ways to sneak it into rotation. This Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup was my favorite lunch this week – the Thai-style red curry infusing its rounded heat in the coconut broth, mixing with the sweetness of the sweet potato and the bite of the kale. It was the perfect soup for nesting, for staying in from the rain.

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com


Eat Seasonal in December

December Eat Seasonal

I love joining Becky from Vintage Mixer and our friends each month as we share dishes that embrace #EatSeasonal! This month, so many of my favorite foods are featured in such creative ways!

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Get the delicious recipes:

Brussels with Candied Nuts by Oh Sweet Basil

Pomegranate Martini by Foodie Crush

Kale and Collard Green Gratin by Vintage Mixer

Orange Cranberry Bread by Two Peas and Their Pod

Brussels Sprouts and Gruyere Quiche by Completely Delicious

Roasted Butternut Squash Dip by Cafe Johnsonia

Winter Squash Tamale Pie with Harissa by Climbing Grier’s Mountain

Butternut Squash Casserole with Sausage and Sage Breadcrumbs by The Law Student’s Wife

Dixie Salad with Pomegranates by Bless the Mess

Balsamic Glazed Butternut Squash & Endive Salad by Project Domestication

Sweet Potato and Kale Coconut Curry Soup

Serves 4. | Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 15

Red curry makes this healthy soup hearty and perfect for a cozy meal. If you wish, make it more hearty by adding lentils or beans!


2 tsp canola oil
3/4 cup shallots or red onion, finely chopped
4 teaspoons red curry paste (add more if you would like more heat)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced in 1/2 inch pieces (about 3 cups)
3 cups chopped kale, stems removed
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
creme fraiche, for serving


In a medium sauce pan or pot, heat the canola oil over low heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the red curry paste and stir into the onions for about a minute, until fragrant. Pour in the chicken broth, coconut milk and fish sauce and increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Let it cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes and kale. Cook for about 5-10 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, taking care to not let them get mushy. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.

Serve the soup while hot, garnishing with cilantro and creme fraiche.


  1. fanny

    I follow this method to do it. The results were pretty good.Combination of taste, I like a balanced diet, a variety of protein and vitamin supplements so that they will have good health. I really like. Like your articles, thank you and happy,

    • Liren Baker

      I guess bold flavors are what we crave when it’s cold – that’s why I love your tamale pie with harissa!

  2. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    so, the rain is a great sign! :) wow, is this the 4th house all in the LA area? I lived there for about 12 years before we moved to Seattle and then here in Madison. your house is gorgeous by the way (from IG).  . and this soup looks amazing. what a great way to warm up!!

    • Liren Baker

      Yes, it is! I joke that the cure to the drought is moving! No, we were only in LA for a short while (2nd house), then we returned to the Bay Area about 9 years ago. So crazy, all this moving – right? But it’s worth the madness. I can tell you’re settling in nicely in Madison – we loved the midwest when we lived there! Stay warm up there!

  3. Erin Colleen

    Liren, this looks delicious! Can you please cook for me the next time we’re together!? :)

  4. Becky

    So many great recipes this month!!  Can’t wait to try your soup… I’m all about the curries this winter and sweet potato and kale is the perfect combo!  And I can imagine your cosy new home, the rain pouring down and this perfect soup in hand!!  

  5. Amy | Club Narwhal

    I love that Mother Nature has kept up her moving day tradition with you–what a great story (and so many sweet memories). This soup looks out of control delicious, and just the sort of thing I’d like to cozy up to on this chilly winter day!

  6. leslie

    yumm, gonna make this! if you were to add lentils, would you need to cook longer?

    • Liren Baker

      Hi Leslie! Yes, if you add uncooked lentils, you will have to cook it longer (check your lentil’s package directions for timing). However if you’re throwing in precooked lentils, then it will be much faster and you just need to warm it up. Hope this helps!

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