Vegetarian West African Soup

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This appeared in Cooking Light two or three years ago.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make peanut butter, process peanuts in food processor about 2 minutes until smooth, scraping the bowl at least once.
  2. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté onion in oil about 7 minutes until lightly browned.
  3. Add peanut butter plus sweet potato through tomatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes until sweet potato is tender.
  5. Serve garnished with parsley.


Most Helpful

Fantastic! If you want to break away from the same old veggie soup, this is the recipe to try! Very easy and oh sooooooooo yummy! Even my three year old gobbled it up and said "YUM!" I used 1/2 cup natural chunky peanut butter instead of the roasted peanuts. I tasted the soup prior to adding cumin, and the taste was fabulous. I wanted to avoid making the soup taste like chili, so I only added a pinch of cumin, just until I could barely taste it. We opted to cut the sweet potatoes into smaller chunks, but made no other changes. Perfect on a cool winter day.

NurseAnita January 14, 2008

This soup is delicious! I used natural peanut butter (it's just salt and nuts) instead of grinding the peanuts myself. It saved some time and cleanup. It was very thick and very filling. I think it would be good with a little more broth, but my husband said he wouldn't change a thing. This is a great balance of flavors and next time I might add something a little spicy--perhaps some cayenne or a minced jalapeno. This recipe went together so quickly it will be great for weeknight meals. This will definitely go in to my keeper file. Thanks for a terrific recipe!

MamaJ June 10, 2007

Have to agree with the other two reviewers that this was more of a stew. Whatever, it had an awesome taste! I found myself taking a bite of sweet potato, then a bite of chickpeas and tomato. Real nice contrast of sweet and savory. I only ground up the peanuts for a few seconds so it gave the soup a crunchy texture. What I also liked was that it was very easy to prepare and I could pretty much leave it alone while I took care of other things:D I can't decide whether to put this into my quick & easy or favorites cookbook. I guess I'll just have to put it into both. Thanks! P.S. BF wanted me to say he gave this 5 stars too.

Kumquat the Cat's friend August 18, 2006

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