West African Peanut Soup

Recipe by MsBindy
READY IN: 45mins


  • 2
    cups chopped onions
  • 1
    tablespoon peanut oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 12
    teaspoon cayenne
  • 1
    teaspoon grated peeled fresh gingerroot
  • 1
    cup chopped carrot
  • 2
    cups chopped sweet potatoes (up to 1 cup white potatoes can be substituted)
  • 4
    cups vegetable stock or 4 cups water
  • 1
    cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1
    cup chopped scallions or 1 cup chives


  • Saute the onions in oil until just translucent.
  • Stir in the cayenne and ginger.
  • Add the carrots and saute a couple more minutes.
  • Mix in the potatoes and stock.
  • Bring the soup to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  • In a blender or food processor, puree the vegetables with the cooking liquid and the tomato juice.
  • Return the puree to the soup pot. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth.
  • Taste the soup. Its sweetness will depend on the sweetness of the carrots and sweet potatoes. If it is not naturally sweet, add just a little sugar to enhance the other flavors.
  • Reheat the soup gently, using a heat diffuser if needed to prevent scorching.
  • Add more water, stock, or tomato juice for a thinner soup.
  • Serve topped with plenty of chopped scallions or chives.