Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeño Bisque

Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeño Bisque

Sometimes misfortunes come as blessings in disguise. One door closes, another one opens. And then you realize, life’s all how you look at it. Ya know?

Lately I’ve been riding the happy wave, largely because of that mindset. Jump on it, and life becomes exciting.

Sweet Potatoes

The past few weeks feel like they’ve been filled with one terrible-turned-into-awesome situation after another, this recipe included.

This weekend, when I opened up my fridge, all that stared back at me were a bunch of  cold, bare, fluorescent lit shelves. That, and a jalapeño, a bag of carrots, a half empty carton of soy milk and a few bottles of beer. I’m really adapting to bachelor life well, it appears.

With a simple trip to the grocery store, well, you couldn’t exactly call this situation “terrible”. But bare refrigerator shelves? That’s no fun, and I was antsy to get cooking. For once, I didn’t want to spend my Sunday perusing the aisles of Whole Foods of farmer’s markets. (What’s happened to me?! Swapping food shopping time for friend time? Get outta here.)

Luckily, I didn’t need to leave the kitchen after stumbling across this recipe. Within it lay the few ingredients I somehow had on hand – sweet potatoes, corn in the freezer, and that lonely jalapeño I mentioned earlier. One glance at this over on Joanne’s lovely blog, and I said screw the grocery store. This needs to be made now.

Empty fridge = a blessing in disguise, I tell you.

Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeño Bisque

This soup has all the right elements going for it. It’s filled with creamy, naturally sweet goodness from the potatoes, paired with a crunch from the corn and a kick of spice in there too. Use what you have on hand, or make a trip out to go gather the necessary ingredients. I promise, for this one, it’s worth it.

Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeño Bisque

Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeño Bisque

Yield: 6 servings

Slightly adapted via NY Times


  • -1 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • -1/2 cup chopped onions
  • -2 tsp. minced garlic
  • -3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds total), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • -4 cups vegetable stock
  • -1 medium jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • -1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • -2 Tbsp. molasses (I didn't have this, so I added a few dashes of smoked paprika instead)
  • -1/2 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • -1/4 tsp. ground cayenne
  • -1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • -Scant pinch ground cinnamon
  • -Finely chopped scallions, green parts only.


  1. In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until just soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and stock and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender or a food processor, purée contents of pot, in batches if necessary, until smooth.
  3. Reheat soup, stirring in jalapeño, corn, molasses, salt, cayenne, black pepper and cinnamon. Taste, adjust seasonings and serve, topped with scallions..

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    November 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I have to try this dish. Sounds delicious and I love anything that involve sweet potatoes in it! 🙂

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    November 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    That’s really inspiring how you made the best of a foodie’s worst nightmare! The colors in the bisque really pop too; they’re absolutely gorgeous. I love your photos with the little touch of the flowers in the beer bottle too!

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