Together We Can -- Newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center

Fall 2004

Living Well: A Program to Benefit Older Patients with Cancer
Celebration of JKCC Expansion
Survivors Day 2004
Favorite Recipes
<< Back to JKCC home page

Favorite Recipes

Sweet Potato Soup with Lime*
Yield: 12 cups


  • 1 1/3 cup thinly sliced leeks, whites only
  • 3 1/2 cup (or more) vegetable broth
  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in one half inch cubes
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

Put leeks and 1/2 c. vegetable broth in a large pot. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat and cook 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes and cook for 4 minutes. Add 6 cups water. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until sweet potatoes are soft, about 25 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, adding as much of the additional vegetable broth as you need to make a soup consistency. Return to pot and stir in lime juice, salt, pepper to taste. Reheat. Serve in warm bowls, garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.

Nutrient analysis per 1 1/2 cup serving:
156 calories, .5 gm. fat, 0 cholesterol, 34 gm. carbohydrate, 2.4 gm. protein, 66 mg. salt (varies depending on the added salt.)

*From Elizabeth Kapstein as published in Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish

Cooking Tips from Deb Demille
I like to sautée the leeks in olive oil as a way to add a “healthy” monounsaturated fat and add to the satiety value of this recipe. This soup also freezes very well and is a regular in my freezer. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C.

My preference is to use the lighter skinned sweet potato versus the dark skinned, which some may erroneously call yams. Actually, yams and sweet potatoes are from different plants species. Enjoy!


appointment icon

Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.

Related Links
Find a Cancer Specialist
Request an Appointment Online or call
800-789-PENN (7366)
Pennsylvania Hospital Visitor Information
Give Now to JKCC
JKCC Newsletter


Current Issue


RSS feed Newsletter RSS Feed


About Penn Medicine   Contact Us   Site Map   Privacy Statement   Legal Disclaimer   Terms of Use

Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 800-789-PENN © 2015, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania space