Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe was published in the New York Times today. It's a New Orleans recipe that was salvaged from Hurricane Katrina, originally published in the Times-Picayune. It was Judy Laine's recipe, a hurricane survivor whose home was flooded with 10 feet of water and who broke both legs during the storm. It's comforting and very inexpensive. Some bisques are vegetarian, but most all have cream. This doesn't, so I'm not sure why it's called a bisque. It's sweet and hot at the same time. I recommend you use less cayenne and jalapeno if you prefer less spicy. Molasses gives it an appealing and distinctive taste, though I'm sure you could use other sweeteners if you don't have any.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute 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, regular blender or food processor, puree contents of pot, carefully and in batches if necessary, until smooth.
  3. Reheat soup, stirring in jalapeno, corn, molasses, salt, cayenne, black pepper and cinnamon. Taste, adjust seasoning and serve, topped with scallions.
Most Helpful

5 5

Thank you, Kumquat the Cat's friend, I really enjoyed this recipe! It really is the perfect blend of sweet and heat! The soup was very thick and creamy and will be wonderful this fall when the weather starts to turn cooler. Unfortunately, DH (the meat-eater) was a little unsatisfied - although he said it was surpisingly filling! Oh well - next time I'll just make it for me! Thanks again for the great recipe!

5 5

This was great. Made it as written, maybe upped the cayenne a little. And will probably use 2 jalapenos next time. Love the idea of freezing it, too.

5 5

Excellent soup. I didn't have a jalapeno so used a chipotle instead. Very nice amount of heat. I only had blackstrap molasses and it is a bit obvious in the taste so next time will use the fancy molasses or some other sweetener. As another reviewer said, the amount of cinnamon is just right. I wouldn't use any more. Thanks!