Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque


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.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
5 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each


  • 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

  • ½ cup smooth natural peanut butter

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


  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.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Thin with water before reheating, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

302 Calories
16g Fat
29g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 302
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 9g 17%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Vitamin A 14699IU 294%
Vitamin C 62mg 69%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 490mg 21%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 862mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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