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It is the cold season again and what better way to warm up than with a West African staple that is peanut butter soup? With the creamy peanut butter, spicy chili powder and black pepper, it is packed with flavor and nutrients. We are going to show you how to make this peanut butter soup recipe.

Peanut butter soup in a bowl garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro on white wooden background.

Also known as groundnut soup in Ghana, it is a comfort food that uses ground-up peanuts as the star ingredient. The peanut butter helps thicken the soup and adds fiber, nutrition, and flavor.

Peanut soup in a bowl garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro.

My first bowl of peanut butter soup was many years ago in Virginia and this version tastes just like I remember. A lot of peanut butter soup recipes are chunky, but I wanted to make it the way I remember it, which is puréed. You can, of course, skip that step if you don’t like to stray from a chunky soup.

To dice your onion evenly, cut the onion in half through the root and peel the skin off. Cut narrow vertical slices while keeping the root attached. Hold the onion and cut horizontally into it, again leaving the root attached. Slice the onion halves downward to get diced onions.

Peanut butter soup in a bowl garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro on white wooden background.

Nothing pairs better with soup than slices of bread. It soaks up the last drops of soup when you are finished. Another great side dish is rice. The soup’s thickness is often compared to curry, so the soup will get absorbed in the rice, but you won’t lose the broth at the bottom.

If you wish to use a different broth for dietary or flavor reasons, use chicken broth. A protein can be added as well like tofu, chicken or beef to make it more hardy and thicker, if you like chunkier soup.

Peanut butter soup in a bowl garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro on white wooden background.

If you don’t have a regular blender, an immersion blender will work well. You have more control, more room to blend, and you don’t need to worry about overheating your blender. Since the pot does not have a cover while blending with an immersion blender, be careful about spilling or splashing.

Do you prefer your soup smooth or chunky?

Peanut butter soup in a bowl garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro on white wooden background.

Peanut Butter Soup

Joss Dyckson
With the creamy peanut butter, spicy chili powder and black pepper, this soup is packed with flavor and nutrients.
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine African
Servings 4
Calories 405 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onions - chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper - chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic - minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes - peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • Garnishes: fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts and curry powder

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onions and bell peppers and cook until softened (around 5 minutes). Careful not to brown the onions.
    Red bell pepper and onion in pot.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
    Red bell pepper, onion and garlic in pot.
  • Add the vegetable broth, tomato sauce, sweet potatoes, black pepper and chili powder. Bring to a boil.
    Peanut butter soup in pot on cooktop.
  • Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    Peanut butter soup in pot with lid on cooktop.
  • Add peanut butter and stir to melt it into the soup.
    Peanut butter on spoon over soup in pot.
  • Pour everything into a blender. Make sure the steam vent is open. Cover the vent with a kitchen towel to avoid splatter and process until smooth and creamy. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender to process the soup directly in the pot.
    Peanut butter soup in jar with immersion blender, and peanuts on the side.
  • Season with some salt, if needed. Top with cilantro, peanuts and a pinch of curry powder. Serve!
    Peanut butter soup in white bowl on cutting board.

Equipment

Immersion blender

Notes

  • Fridge Storage: Let the soup cool for no more than 2 hours at room temperature and then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freezer Storage: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Leave room at the top of the container for expansion. Label the container with the date it was placed in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheating Instructions: Reheat the soup back up to a hot temperature on the stove.
  • For a thicker soup all you have to do is:
    • Add an extra 2 cups of peeled, chopped sweet potatoes to the pot before simmering (so instead of 2 cups, you will use 4 cups).
    • Use ½ cup less broth (instead of 4 cups broth, you will use 3 ½ cups).
    • Note that you may have to adjust the seasoning if you make this change.

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 14gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 1509mgPotassium: 845mgFiber: 7gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 10966IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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  1. Is the red pepper a bell pepper? I used crushed red pepper – a bit spicy, which I really enjoyed – my wife – not so much. Thank you.

  2. This soup is so good! Perfect comfort food for a chilly day. The only change I made was to add a tsp. of curry powder and a tsp. of salt to the pot to really make the flavors pop.

  3. I have had creamy and thick peanut soup before and loved it! Unfortunately my attempt at this soup recipe was very thin and runny. It did have great flavour.
    I was looking forward to a thick and creamy peanut soup.
    I’ll try again using more sweet potatoes and tomato paste.

  4. I’ve been wanting to explore African cooking (and particularly sub-Saharan) a lot more lately, so I was delighted to see this. I love peanuts as a focal point in meals, so it’s a perfect dish for me. Lovely photography too!

    1. Thank you so much Sean. It is a wonderful African dish! I’ve fed it to people who do not even like peanut butter, but they love this soup.

  5. This soup looks so comforting! I’ve had something similar here and loved it so will definitely have to try making your recipe for our next soup night!

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