1.05.2011

African Peanut Soup Recipe

Over the holidays I was feeling particularly domestic, so I made a bunch of different soups. I am no great chef (my husband does most of the cooking at our house), but I love making soups because they're a cheap and easy way to make something homeade. One of the soups I made was a derivation of a traditional African recipe. It was soooo good. Really there aren't enough o's to properly express how good it was.




African Peanut Soup

1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 large sweet potato, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
6 cups vegetable stock
2 tbsp oil
1 large can crushed tomatos
2/3 peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder

*Optional seasoning: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp curry powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric*
  • Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Saute all chopped vegetables in pot. Add crushed garlic to saute the last few minutes.
  • Add stock, tomatoes, pepper, chili powder and any of the optional seasonings.
  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes
  • Add peanut butter. Stir and continue simmering until peanut butter is well blended.
  • Serve.

I know it sounds weird, but there's something about the creaminess of the peanut butter and the slight sour of the crushed tomatoes that makes this delicious! I saw some recipes that called for a few cups of pumpkin or sweet potato puree and coconut milk. If I tried this again I think I would experiment and add those things. You could also add some beans or brown rice for a little extra protein.

Added bonus, this soup is not only vegetarian, I believe it's also vegan. Who knew vegan cooking could be so yummy?

Photo: I Eat Grains

9 comments:

  1. That looks totally delicious!

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  2. That does look yummy. I'm follower number 2 from MBC. Hope you'll check out my blog and follow back!

    DP
    Hip Chick's Guide to PMS, Pregnancy, and Babies

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  3. This looks quite yummy! I'm relatively still new to cooking so any recipe helps. LOL. I'm visiting you from MBC and I am your newest follower from Mommy Delicious. I hope you can visit my blog community and join as well -- www.mommydelicious.com.

    Cant wait to connect more with you.

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  4. Newest follower- I am the cook in my home and this sounds really good.

    All the best,

    Clay
    http://www.tantrumstroublesandtreasures.blogspot.com

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  5. That sounds amazing! I am a vegetarian, I am going to make that!!! I am stopping by from the Mom Bloggers Club and following your bloggy, hope you will swing by and visit us too at Just Married with Coupons

    Happy Thursday!

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  6. Hello,
    The soup looks wonderful. I will have to write the recipe down and make it. You have a good start to your blog. I was interested in every post. I know it's hard to get one started. I'm a new follower from MBC. Good luck on getting more followers.
    Michelle
    www.scrapthosepictures.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow! Thanks for all the love! Bloggers are a friendly bunch!

    For real about the soup. It is the TRUTH. Super yum and easy enough that even I can do it. Plus, it sounds kinda fancy because it's African. It may even impress some folks!

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  8. Mmmmmm!!! Looks delish!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

    Have a nice day!

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  9. Wow, that looks great. I have to try this.

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