Posted 3 years ago

African Peanut Soup


3 cups vegetable stock or water

2 (15-ounce) cans of coconut milk

1 cup diced yellow onion

1/2 cup diced celery

4 large garlic cloves, pressed or minced

1 teaspoon seeded and diced hot chile pepper

4 cups chopped sweet potato (1/2-inch pieces)

1 1/2 cups chopped tomato (1/2-inch pieces) or 1 (14.5-ounce) can dice fire-roasted tomatoes

2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari or other soy sauce (optional)

1 tablespoon Berbere spice mix (optional)

3/4 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, for garnish


  1. Place the vegetable stock in a 3-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the peanut butter, cilantro, and peanuts, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove about 1 cup of the liquid and place it into a small bowl. Add the peanut butter and stir until creamy. Return the mixture to the pot, stir well, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the cilantro, stir well, and garnish with peanuts before serving.


You can sauté the onion, celery, and garlic in 1 tablespoon of oil before adding the vegetable stock.

Replace the peanut butter with almond butter or other nut butter.

For a lighter soup, replace one can of coconut milk with an equivalent amount of vegetable stock or water.

Add 2 cups of chopped spinach, chard, or kale once the peanut butter is added.

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