Share Your Best Recipes: Sweet Potato and Tomato Soup

Over on the forum Jaxom is a popular guy who’s always up for supporting other MAN v FAT members with their weight loss. He’s also a terrific cook, so we challenged him to put together a soup recipe after he claimed that he could make one better than a certain well-known soup brand’s tomato soup. Do you have a great healthy recipe? Share it with us!

Creamy Tomato Soup
Makes 4-6 servings (1200g in total)

Total calories for 1200g = 640 calories

  • 400g sweet potato peeled and rough chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • Quarter teaspoon of basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp of tomato purée
  • 400ml water


In a 20cm saucepan put the sweet potatoes, water, garlic, basil and salt into the pan. Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer for 10 mins, or until the sweet potato is tender – a sharp knife should be able to easily pierce the potato.

Turn off heat and add the tomato purée and chopped tomatoes to the pan.

Blend the saucepan’s contents until the sweet potatoes and tomatoes are smooth and creamy.

Put back on the heat and warm to JUST BEFORE boiling. DO NOT boil or simmer, as the soup will separate and the tomatoes could turn bitter.

Serve immediately.


If you want to double this recipe then it is easy. You just double everything apart from the garlic, basil and salt which you leave the same. Only add another measure of garlic, basil or salt if you are tripling the finished quantity of soup.

I made this recipe for less than the cost of a single can of the slightly-better-known soup. It cost me less than 80p. One can of famous soup 400g, currently costs 95p – plus there are no added sugars or preservatives and at approximately 120 calories per bowl you can even enjoy them on a 5:2 day!

Got a recipe that you want to share? Show us your secret diet tricks and we’ll share them with the rest of the MAN v FAT members. 


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I'm Andrew Shanahan, I started MAN v FAT when I lost over 60lbs and realised that there was naff all help for men who wanted to lose weight.

From the forum

  1. MikeN says:

    We often have soup for lunch on Saturday so might just give this a try instead of buying the usual stuff from Sainsbury - I’ll let you know

  2. Jaxom says:

    Just one comment on the recipe guys, if you make it.
    DONT add the second tsp of salt when making the soup quantity larger unless you are making a really big pan of it.
    The sweet potato should break apart with the back of your wooden spoon rather than a sharp knife. If it doesn’t break apart with a spoon then simmer the sweet potato for a little longer.
    I’m off on holiday camping for a week, but when I get back I will put my thinking cap on and come up with some more soup recipes for you.
    If you all have a favourite flavour soup you like, then let me know, and I will have a go at making it in a heathy way, with less calories for you.
    Having said that if there is a specific question you have in general about cooking, I’m more than willing to see if I can help with that too.
    There are so many diets out there that follow specific rules, but most recipes can be tweaked to fit your specific needs.
    I hope that you enjoy the Tomato Soup.

  3. Jaxom says:

    I’ve just tried a new recipe and it was very nice.
    Banana pancakes.
    One ripe banana.
    Two eggs
    A pinch of salt
    A quarter level teaspoon of baking powder.

    Mash up the banana and beat the eggs separately then combine together.
    Add the salt and baking powder and beat together.
    Cook as small pancakes of 3 to 4 inches across in a lightly oiled frying pan.
    Turn them over gently and they are done very quickly.

    They are full of protein and low in carbs. Tasty too.

  4. Is that the hairy bikers recipe?

  5. Jaxom says:

    I have no idea. I just heard about it via word of mouth. Being told you could make pankakes without flour and milk intrigued me and I gave it a twist by adding the baking powder and salt. My first ones with out the baking powder were not as light and fluffy.
    I’ve also tried it, adding a tea spoon of chocolate options to the mix. That works to.

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