Curried Sweet Potato Soup with Goat Cheese Biscuits


Soup is my favorite thing to make.

If I could have been a professional soup maker instead of a professional baker… this blog would have been called something.. well, you know.

I love making soup.

I just stand in front of the stove and stir.  And stir.  And stir.  And completely space out.  Stir again.  Think some thoughts.  Stir.  Taste.  Stir.

It’s the best.  It’s like taking too long a shower and accidentally washing you hair three and a half times.



Soup is best with biscuits.  Really.. I’ll find any excuse to put a biscuit in my face.


These biscuits are made with both butter and goat cheese.  Goat cheese!!  In the dang biscuit!

The result is a tender, slightly tangy, dream boat biscuit situation.

These are the best drop biscuits to ever happen, anywhere… ever.


They’re so easy.  Make them.  You’ll understand.


Let me tell you about this soup.

It’s called Curried Sweet Potato Soup, but it’s not really curry-y.  It’s packed with some really lovely flavors:  coriander, cumin and ginger… and of course loads of sweet potato.  Goat cheese crumbles on top really balance out the whole bowl.

This soup and biscuit combination is absolutely one of my favorite fall discoveries.  It’s so warm, flavorful and delicious.  Please make it happen in your kitchen.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

from The Essential New York Times Cookbook

serves 6 to 8

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1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup coarsely chopped onions

1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped ginger

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick

6 cups chicken broth, or slightly more as needed.

salt and pepper to taste

6 to 8 teaspoons goat cheese

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the onions and saute until the onions begin to brown, about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute, stirring for 30 seconds.  Add the ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric and red pepper flakes.  Add the sweet potatoes and broth and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.

Puree the soup, in batches in a blender or food processor.  Season to taste.  The soup can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge.  Reheat over a low flame.  If the soup is too thick, add a little more stock.

Ladle into bowls and crumble goat cheese on top.

Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

makes about 9 biscuits

adapted slightly from Art Smith’s Table Fifty-Two

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons (2 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for the pan

2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted to top the biscuits

4 tablespoons (2 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled

1 cup buttermilk

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.  Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven to preheat as well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  With your fingers incorporate the butter and goat cheese until the flour resembles a coarse, pebbly mixture.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk.  With a fork,  mix together the buttermilk and flour until all of the dry flour disappears.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small sauce pan or in the microwave.  Set aside.

Remove the cast iron from the oven and place one tablespoon of butter in it.  Work the pat of butter around, greasing the entire pan, including the sides.

Spoon the batter, by the 1/4-cup into the hot skillet.  I used a big scooper to do the job.  The biscuits will touch when baked… that’s ok.

Brush with melted butter.

Bake for 14-16 minutes, until slightly golden in color.  Remove from the oven.  Let rest for 5 minutes.  Serve warm.

151 thoughts on “Curried Sweet Potato Soup with Goat Cheese Biscuits

  1. I use my cast-iron skillet for just about everything but have never even considered using it for biscuits. Thanks for the inspiration. What other creative uses do you have for your skillet? Seriously, it’s one of my top five favorite possessions of all time.

  2. My favourite soup is a sweet potato soup (with coconutmilk and some lime juice/zest) and I absolutely love goat cheese! I’ve never tried the combination though… so I can’t wait to make these recipes! Thanks Joy!

  3. I’m feeling rather embarassed here, in the photos I think I see pumpkin pieces, here sweet potatoes (or american potatoes as they are ususally called) are starch white… but never mind, vegetables are different in different countries, maybe I could try pumpkin instead? Keep on bringing the soups, I love them!

    1. Silvia,

      I believe they are yams. Like you sweet potatoes here are white. Yams are orange, similar in colour to pumpkin. They can usually be interchanged in recipes. Although pumpkin could probably work as well.

      1. “Like you sweet potatoes here are white” !? Really!?

        Sweet Potatoes and yams are totally interchangeable in my brain. And Sweet Potato Soup sounds better than Yam Soup.

      1. Thanks everybody for answering, now I sorry I am going to disappoint you all: yams are not on sale in Italy, so the choice is between sweet potatoes (which are really really sweet) and pumpkin (not so sweet).
        Thanks again to you all!

  4. Well that’s dinner sorted for tonight! What you call biscuits, we call scones over here in the UK, but you probably already know that.

    1. Gizelle, thank you!! I don’t have a cast iron skillet either but do have a le creuset!! Never would have thought of it… still waiting for the coffee to clear my cobwebs…. I am making these to go with my soup on Halloween!!

    2. I also don’t have a cast iron skillet, and also don’t have a dutch oven… I know it is sad, but when your kitchen is only a few feet wide, minimal pans are necessary. Anyone have ideas of a good substitute? Could a use a 9 inch metal pan on top of a cookie sheet? (Don’t tease me – I am trying to be creative!) These look so divine!

  5. Your blog is like a breathe of fresh air. I fumbled upon it awhile ago and have been hooked ever since. Your recipes are yummy, and most of all, heavens to betsy you make me laugh – like in a pee my pants sort of way!! I like to think that if you lived in small town Canada like me, we’d be friends. Just sayin. Keep doin’ what your doin’ because it’s super fab!

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