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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup onions - chopped
- ½ cup red bell pepper - chopped
- 2 tbsp. fresh garlic - minced
- 2 cups sweet potatoes - chopped
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ½ tsp. chili powder
- ⅔ cup peanut butter
- Garnishes: fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts and curry powder
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot and cook onions and peppers until soft (around 5 minutes). Careful not to brown the onions.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Add sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, black pepper and chili powder. Bring to a boil.
- Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add peanut butter and stir to melt it into the soup.
- 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.
- Top with cilantro, peanuts and a pinch of curry powder.
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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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.
Yikes, must have been hot! Sorry for the misunderstanding Lou. It should have been red bell peppers.
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.
Thank you Erin! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It really is nice this time of year.
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.
I am sorry to hear it wasn’t as thick as you would have liked. You can just add less broth for a thicker soup.
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!
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.
Yum! This soup is beyond delicious!
Why thank you. 🙂
Never knew we could make soup with peanut butter! I love peanut butter! You have inspired me to try this 🙂
Thanks Vijitha, I’m so glad you’re inspired! It’s a very tasty soup.
I have never heard of this soup before. Apparently I have been missing out – such a great flavour combo.
Thanks Vanessa 🙂
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!
Thanks Wanda! It is a very comforting soup. Enjoy your next soup night!