Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

This Vegan Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup is full of so much flavor from a rich dark veggie stock, lots of fresh ginger, fresh garlic and hearty veggies. This is one of my all-time favorite soups. The flavor is amazing and it is so filling and healthy, as well as vegan and oil-free.

We still have a few cool days lingering, so this is my last soup recipe I'll be sharing for the season. I absolutely love ginger and had some I needed to use up. I was craving soup this past weekend, so I decided to make a soup infused with ginger and vegetables I already had stocked in my fridge. Let me tell you...this is one of the best soups I've had. It's not a thick, creamy type of soup. It is a hearty soup with an intense broth flavor. The broth is everything, so use a high quality, strong broth. It's the kind of broth that warms your whole body.

It's so good, I just wanted to drink it. I'm totally serious. It's full of a strong ginger flavor, aromatic garlic and a spicy kick.

I kept it very simple...not too many ingredients, yet the flavor is incredible. Adding chickpeas, sweet potatoes and kale make it filling, hearty and incredibly healthy.

I can't wait to hear what you think of this Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup! I'd love to hear your feedback below after you make it, I love hearing from you all!

5 from 2 votes

Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

This Vegan Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup is so hearty, filling and full of flavor! Loads of fresh ginger and garlic and a dark broth give it tons of flavor. It's oil-free, yet full of potatoes and veggies, making it super healthy!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 cups
Author Brandi Doming


  • 4 1/2 cups no sodium DARK vegetable broth/stock I highly recommend Kitchen Basics, it is a strong dark broth that isn't watered down. A quality rich broth is needed here for the right flavor!
  • 1 cup 160g finely diced white onion
  • 4 extra large garlic cloves minced (two tablespoons minced garlic)
  • 1 inch cube fresh ginger minced (don't skimp on this!)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 1 to 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt the broth I used has NO SODIUM in it, so you may need less salt, depending on the broth used. Start with 3/4 teaspoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 15 oz cans organic chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast use less or more if preferred-again the broth will determine your overall flavor
  • 4 heaping cups roughly chopped fresh kale stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder-optional but gives it a nice kick


  1. Prepare the sweet potatoes, onion, ginger and garlic.
  2. In a large pot, add the broth, onion, ginger, garlic, sweet potatoes, salt and pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover with a lid and turn to simmer for about 15 minutes until the sweet potatoes are almost fully tender.
  3. Add the chickpeas (drained & rinsed), nutritional yeast and kale. Return the lid and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Taste and add any more salt, if desired. I added some chili powder for a little heat at the end.


  1. Anonymous
    Since its snowing here in TN today and tomorrow I am going to make this soup tomorrow for dinner! Yummy
    • Great! Let me know what you think! Make sure to get a good, rich dark makes a difference...the ginger and garlic really enhance it! :)
  2. This soup looks amazing! I have nearly everything on this list except for nutritional yeast. I've never worked with that before. Is it hard to find?? Great recipe and perfect for this neverending winter! :-)
    • Thank you! I find it at my local grocery store in the health food section. The flavor is wonderful. It's pretty common nowadays but it definitely is at whole foods and also online. :)
  3. Heathy and very delicious :)Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  4. Now I'm craving soup!
  5. I love that you've combined chickepeas, kale and sweet potatoes all in a soup that really does look so hearty and heartwarming. Yum!
    • Thank you!
      • can I use something else besides ginger....???? also can I leave out the yeast???
          If you aren’t a fan of either of those ingredients, I would probably just skip this soup, as both of those are key to flavor here. I have a ton of soups on the blog that don’t use those.
  6. Looks incredibly comforting and delicious Brandi :)
  7. This looks gorgeous Brandi. I really love a good coconut milk/ginger combo. Love your photography too – the earthy soup looks fab on the hessian cloth. We're in the middle of another heat wave. Can't wait for the cooler weather and soup for dinner.
    • Thank you so much Saskia! The coconut isn't even detectable, just makes it slightly creamier. Super delicious!
      • I don't see coconut anywhere in the recipe???
          I actually removed the coconut milk from the recipe quite awhile back, that is why. I originally had coconut milk in it, but after making it several times, felt it was not needed at all and took away from the soup, so I removed it :)
  8. cant get kale and I would love to make this.. as always very delicious looking :)
  9. Wonderful soup! Soups of my country(Portugal) are so strong like this!
  10. Oh man, that sounds so comforting right now! Loving the sound of that broth!
  11. Love the colours in that bowl. Oh my gosh!
  12. I have been remiss, I totally missed this post and it looks wonderful. Your photo's are fantastic btw!!! Perfect warmer upper on a chilly day!
  13. Brandi, this soup is amazing! I love the adding of fresh ginger. It warms up our heart :-)
  14. And I totally love this set of photos. Very very well taken in all aspect.
  15. Looks awesome!! Thank you Brandi. All the best. Shane
  16. I am loving warmer weather, but I will miss chilly nights with soup! I didn't have nearly enough this winter. This recipe is fabulous!
  17. Looks delightful, Brandi, and I am not even a fan of kale -- I think you may have just turned me around ;) Looks absolutely savory and love the addition of the sweet potatoes. Great job, lovely, and thanks as always for sharing =)
  18. Love this recipe, I have nearly a similar one but kale, we don't have it in here.
  19. Brandi, this is my kind of soup! I love kale, sweet potatoes and chickpeas so needless to say, I'd gobble this up in no time. Leave it to you to make such a nutritious, flavour packed bowl of comfort. The more ginger and garlic the better...yum!
  20. Anonymous
    for the coconut milk, is that the one that comes in a can?
    • Yes I used the top cream part, about 1/4 cup from the can. But you totally can omit that part if you want. No biggie at all...will be less fat that way. :) Also, make sure you use a strong dark broth like kitchen basics....they sell it at Krogers and also Walmart. I used the no sodium one. The cheaper watery broths will affect the soup.
  21. Omg girl! ! Your a genious! !! I just made this and devoured two bowls of this scrumptious soup! Can't wait to have more tw morning! !!
  22. I luv luv luv luv this soup!! Made it again today and ate four bowls of it!! Having for breakfast tw!!!
      Wow, thank you so much Tiffany! I'm so glad you love it so much :)
  23. This soup is awesome! My daughter loved it.
  24. THIS is the best soup ever!!! I get requests for it constantly. Such a nice change from a tomato based soup. Thank you so much. :-)
      I am so happy to hear that Cindi! This is one of my favorite soups as well, so glad you loved it so much! Thank you for the feedback!
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  26. Made this tonight and have to say that it exceeded my expectations. This was so delicious. The sweet potato and ginger really made the flavor of this soup. I can't believe how delicious it is! Thanks!
      Thank you so much Eva, I'm so happy to hear how much you loved this soup! It is definitely one of my favorite soups ever because of the rich flavors! Thanks so much for the feedback :)
  27. This was delish! Loved it! I sautéed the onions, garlic and ginger before adding the broth & potatoes.
      I'm so happy to hear that Angie, thank you so much for the feedback!
  28. Just what I'm looking for - I have all the ingredients, fresh from the greenmarket (except the chickpeas) and will put this together now -- thanks for the recipe and idea. It sounds freeze-able too, for a few batches!
      Awesome Monika! Let me know what you think of it!
  29. Just made this tonight, and oh my gosh it's delicious!! I've never been a fan of sweet potatoes in soups, but this just won me over. The flavors are simple but amazing together. Thank you!
      Thank you so much Karen, what a compliment! Glad this converted you to a believer, haha! Thank you very much for making the soup and leaving feedback!
  30. I just read the recipe about 4 times, can't find the coconut milk anywhere. How much and when do you add it. Thanks
      Hi Sandi! I originally added coconut milk when I first created the recipe awhile back, but after making it several times, felt it didn't need it, so I removed it off the recipe awhile back. I don't see it still on there, where are you seeing it? I could be totally blind and not see it, haha! :)
  31. OKay Brandi- you are two for two now. First the 20 min Alfredo now this! Both are homeruns!! I'm convinced all your recipes are deliciousI just finished making this soup and I LOVE it. You are making the vegan, oil free lifestyle so simple for my family. #HeavenlyBroth
      Wonderful Shekinah! I'm so happy to hear that, thank you so much for the feedback and your kind words! Love hearing from you!
  32. This soup is really flavorful, yet so simple. We loved the ginger flavor profile. I used white sweet potatoes and was super yummy.
  33. This recipe is delicious! I have made it several times and even my non-vegan husband liked it! (I saw him taking seconds! ;) )
      Yay! I love hearing that Janis, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback!
  34. I made this over the weekend Big hit. My husband is officially a nutritional yeast fan. (I used 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast) I used chipotle chili powder instead. I might try adding some actual Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce next time Also used spinach instead of kale.Thank you for such delicious and easy recipes Diane
      Wonderful! So happy to hear you both loved it so much, thank you for letting me know!
  35. Ok what a happy accident that I stumbled upon your recipes this morning. I am SUPER excited to try a lot of these recipes. (Especially all of the soup ideas). Thank you for providing simple recipes and ingredients that pretty much everyone has as staples already in their vegan diet. Amazing ideas!!!!!
      Hi Tonya! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy them!
  36. This seems super easy... Will be making it soon! Thanks, and kudos on all your success, great website 🤗😀
      Thank you Nina! I hope you enjoy it!
  37. I made this soup for my husband and I to try and we fell in LOVE! My husband doesn't usually like kale, but he loved it in this soup. We enjoyed it so much we ran out and bought the ingredients to make it again but this time we made a double batch and it's almost gone already!Thank you so much for sharing your delicious healthy recipes with the world.
      This is wonderful Marsha! Thank you so much for the amazing feedback!
  38. I want to try this and have all the ingredients except nutritional yeast. Would it be ok to leave it out? I'm not sure my local grocery store has it.
      The nutritional yeast gives a lot of flavor, so you will need to add maybe some extra spices and likely some more salt to make up for it. You could add onion and garlic powder and some extra salt. I would add to taste and that should work.
  39. I also want to congratulate you on your success. Your site is my first go to for anything vegan. My question or suggestion, many of us use the electric pressure cookers. And trying to covert becomes a challenge at times and an added list of directions would be helpful. Cooler weather coming this weekend and this soup is on the menu!
      Hi Terry, thank you for your kind words! Sorry I'm just now seeing this comment. I'm so sorry but I do not have a pressure cooker, so I'm afraid I cannot give advice on how to adapt my recipes to use them. I know nothing about pressure cookers.
  40. I rarely comment on recipes, but this one was fantastic. I can't believe a handful of simple ingredients could make something so rich, satisfying, and healthy to boot! A new family favorite.
  41. Just made this recipe and it was outstanding!!! The flavors were spot on! I never would have guessed ginger with Chile powder could be so good together. It was perfect. I didn’t have chickpeas so I used 1/2 cup cannelini beans. The chickpeas would have been better. Everything else was exactly the same. My husband also loved it. The flavors explode in your mouth! Can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow. Will definitely make this again and share with all of my friends.

      Yay! So very happy to hear this Diane!! Thank you so much for making it and leaving a wonderful review!

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