Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque

Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque

67 Reviews
From: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

This satisfying vegetarian, sweet potato soup is inspired by the flavors of West African peanut soup. We like the added zip of hot green chiles, but they can sometimes be very spicy. It's best to take a small bite first and add them to taste. Try chopped peanuts and scallions for a different garnish. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 2 large sweet potatoes (10-12 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium tomato-vegetable juice blend or tomato juice
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles, preferably hot, drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 15-ounce can vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


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  1. Prick sweet potatoes in several places with a fork. Microwave on High until just cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until it just begins to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in juice, green chiles, ginger and allspice. Adjust the heat so the mixture boils gently; cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes and chop into bite-size pieces. Add half to the pot. Place the other half in a food processor or blender along with broth and peanut butter. Puree until completely smooth. Add the puree to the pot and stir well to combine. Thin the bisque with water, if desired. Season with pepper. Heat until hot. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Thin with water before reheating, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
  • Per serving: 286 calories; 16 g fat(3 g sat); 6 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 14460 IU vitamin A; 60 mg vitamin C; 73 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 314 mg sodium; 989 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (300% daily value), Vitamin C (100% dv), Potassium (29% dv), Magnesium (15% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 high fat meat, 1/2 fat

Reviews 67

November 15, 2015
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By: mcounce2012
Wonderful and delicious The most delicious way to get a good dose of vitimin A Pros: easy, healthy, can be served to vegetarian friends
May 14, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Wounderful recipe My son loved a sweet potato peanut butter soup a friend let him try and wanted me to make it. After waiting too long for her to get him the recipe, I decided to go on line and take a stab at it. I made it tonight and almost didn't try it as it HATE sweet potatoes. However, everyone in the family including my son's friend who was over raved about it so I got brave. Unbelievable good! I had a second helping. Didn't have vegetable broth so used a tablespoon of salt substitute vegetable seasoning and water, added a few jalape+¦os since my chilies were mild. It was great. My son and husband added sliced banana half way through their bowls and declared it wonderful. I didn't get that brave, but we all added a few extra peanuts for some crunch which was good. We will definitely be making this again. Pros: Healthy, delicious, easy to make Cons: None
January 10, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious dish, near perfect on the first time I'd lower the amount of PB used by a bit, but all in all amazing. My cousin who hates sweet potatoes enjoyed this dish. Rave reviews. And the serving size of 5 was just about right. Pros: healthy, good kick Cons: a little too strong peanut butter taste
December 31, 2014
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By: Jennifer
Comfort Food I think this recipe is great as is, but playing with spice combinations is nice too. It works well to simply use an immersion blender. Pros: Easy to make.
November 16, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
EASY! Followed recipe except used chunky peanut butter. I bake sweet potatoes ahead of time, and finish when I find the time. Pur+¬e ingredients, simmer, serve. Filling, chock full of vitamins.
October 28, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Winter pleaser Quick and easy. Baked sliced sweet potatoes beforehand, added cinnamon and nutmeg, used crunchy peanut butter. yummy.
April 06, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Fabulous! read the reviews and made a few changes, used yams instead of sweet potatoes and diced 2 jalapenos instead of canned diced chilis. Used chunky natural peanut butter, did not blend. Also used the rest of the carton of vegetable broth and garnished with greek yogurt. The best ever and I am thrilled on how low cal yet satisfying this soup is. Pros: healthy low cal satisfying, Cons: none
March 26, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Success! With Modfications I loosely followed this recipe sticking with the same portions of potatoes, onions, ginger and garlic. But I omitted the green chilies in favor of a lovely dried red pepper that I toasted in the pan with the onions and spices. I also added a roasted red pepper that I skinned. And instead of V8 I used a can of crushed tomatoes and added about 4 cups of homemade chicken stock. Enough liquid to cook the potatoes in broth, instead of microwaving. About 30 minutes. At the end I added about a 1/4 of peanut butter just before puree-time. To finish I topped with a dollop of greek yogurt and chives. It worked. Pros: Creamy & Filling
February 20, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
My whole family hated it I followed this recipe almost to the letter - except I used a can of diced tomatoes that I pureed in the blender instead of the tomato/V8 juice - and my entire family hated it. It looked unappetizing (vomit anyone?) and it tasted not much better. Too much ginger, wrong spicing, I don't know... it just wasn't good. Maybe some coconut milk would help, but I don't want to waste any more ingredients to try to salvage this pot. Too bad. :(