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Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew with White Beans and Spinach

This soup is so stinking delicious and comforting that I’m afraid I won’t cook anything else for the blog until we run out of sweet potatoes!

Seriously, this soup is simply wonderful. If I go missing for a while you know I’m swimming in a pot of this soup and will not come up for air until springtime when my seedlings need me!

Who needs to spend money on a vacation getaway when you can buy a bottle of delicious red wine, whip up a batch of this soup, crank up the wood stove so you are forced to be in a tank top and hardly spend a dime! Everyone wins! Grab a spoon!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew with White Beans and Spinach

Prep Time: 10 mins.    Cook Time: 30 mins.    Serves: 4-6

  • 1 TBS coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, or two smaller sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
  • 1 heaping tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked navy beans (or any white bean of your choice) if canned rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 6-8 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, sweet potato, quinoa, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper. Cook for about 3 more minutes.
  2. Add 6 cups of vegetable stock and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and spinach. If soup is too thick add a bit more stock or water. Season to taste with plenty of salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes to taste.


Use this recipe as a guide. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. Always taste test as you go!

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34 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew with White Beans and Spinach

  1. This sounds like my kind of soup! I can’t wait to make this. Pinning! 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    I think the Beatles had it wrong. All you need is love? No. All you need is a big bowl of sweet potato stew, a glass of wine and a good lie down on the couch afterwards.
    I can’t wait for the temperature here in Australia to drop below boiling so that I can bear to turn on the stove again and make this delicious stew. Thanks for sharing, and stay warm up there!

  3. I would not fault you for swan-diving into a vat of this soup! It looks aaaaamazing. Pretty sure I have everything to make it, too! Definitely on the menu soon!

  4. Rachel says:

    This looks simply delicious, and I love your photos!

  5. Julia says:

    SOLD! I’m taking a vacation in this bowl of stew and won’t be seen till I eat my way out 😉

  6. Jess in Mex says:

    Looks awesome, lady! I think I’m gonna make this one here on my hot plate in Baja! Sending heaps of love and sunshine back to Oregon (though I hear you’ve been getting plenty!) Hugs to you and T!

  7. I actually have all of the ingredients for this! (Well, except an onion, which I’ll skip, and I’ll use lentils instead of white beans.) But this sounds delicious, and perfectly warming for a cold night.

  8. This sounds perfect for the polar vortex that is about to hit us (again!). All I need is white beans and I’m gooood to go!

  9. Please don’t disappear into the soup- we want more recipes from you before springtime! This sounds delicious and right up my alley.

  10. So hearty, healthy, and comforting – perfect winter soup! Also that sweet potato is monstrous!

  11. Juli says:

    When your 8 year old daughter finishes her little tasting bowl and says jokingly that she hated it with a big ol’ grin on her face, you know you’ve come across a keeper. Awesome soup, Andrea! Hubby said this one is a keeper and I agree. Keep ’em coming! Oh, and Happy Anniversary! 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you guys enjoyed it!!!

  12. Mmm, mmm. This looks amazing! I agree, who needs vacation?! 😉

  13. Anneli says:

    I love it! We are crazy about sweet potatoes here too and yours look amazing!! I’m making this soup and following your suggestion about the red wine too!

  14. This post was so fun! I love your writing. We’ll keep checking on your to make sure you come up for air! 😉

  15. Heather says:

    I made this today, it was DELICIOUS! Like wow-hope-no-one-is-looking-lick-the-bowl type of delicious! Just found the page so off to look around more, but had to stop and say thanks for the recipe!

  16. I found this recipe via Oh My Veggies and made it last night. Sooo good! I look forward to exploring your blog and finding other great recipes!

  17. Natalie says:

    Just made it! It is very good and so filling. Great dish for vegans – protein from quinoa and beans. I meant to try more recipes with quinoa and this is my first soup with it. I posted photos of it here.

    Thank you for this recipe!

  18. Hannah says:

    This may be a silly question but can you sub regular milk and chicken stock to this? We’re on the poor side this week and I can’t go out and buy anything else until March. I have everything on the list except for those two things. Disaster or manageable replacements? Thoughts? Thank you! =)

    1. Andrea says:

      Not a silly question at all!!! You can totally sub regular milk and chicken stock here. It will alter the flavor only slightly. Let me know how it turns out! Good luck!!!

      1. Hannah says:

        Thanks I sure will! =D

  19. Mariam says:

    Yum! This was a delicious and easy recipe. I added butter beans as wel.l and they were the perfect texture . I loved this recipe and I will definitely make it again!

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!!!

  20. hilary says:

    I made this today. It was amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Andrea says:

      Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it!

  21. Savannah F. says:

    This soup is hitting the spot right now! I love hearty soups and stews but can’t do dairy. The coconut milk complements the other flavors so nicely and just takes it to that next level.

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m so happy you love the soup as much as we do!

  22. Yummy! I used mushroom broth because that’s what I had. Delicious! Left out the quinoa (though we do eat it) and it was just lovely.

    1. Andrea says:

      So happy you loved this too!

  23. Priscilla says:

    I was in need of inspiration to make dinner for my family the other night. I happened to look at this recipe after looking up the veggies I had on hand and made it. It was SOOO good. Thank you for sharing! It was filling and healthy, packed with great ingredients and flavour, and so quick to make.

  24. Jess says:

    have you done this in a crockpot?

  25. Heidi in CA says:

    I’ve been making this recipe regularly since you posted it years ago and neglected to ever leave a comment (shame on me!) It’s one of my favorite go-to’s when the weather gets cold. Thanks much! Bon appetit 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy to hear!!! keep on dishing it up!

  26. Dave says:

    Glad you posted this recipe, it was amazing!

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