African Peanut Soup: Your Weeknight Dinner Recipe

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If there is one good thing that can result from the combination of tomatoes, peanut butter, and kale, (a rare pairing indeed) it has to be the homely good dish – African peanut soup. Perfectly creamy and nutritious, the African peanut soup requires minimal preparation. Made with just a handful of ingredients and a delicious hot and spicy sauce (of your choice), this soup is an effortless preparation for an easy weeknight supper. So the next time you come home late from work and don’t know what to cook, simply follow our recipe of this old-fashioned comfort food and you will be good to go!

How to Make African Peanut Soup?

The best part about this soup is that it is vegan and quite wholesome. Our African peanut soup recipe is easy, delicious, comforting and healthy. Most people love to add coconut milk to the soup to make it thick, but that also causes it to become calorie-dense, which is not our motive. If you want to keep the consistency of the soup thick, without compromising on the flavor then you may want to use mashed sweet potatoes instead. This will help thicken the soup and add a little more body to it. In this recipe, however, we take an even healthier route and add neither of the two options. Curious to know how? Check out the recipe below.

African peanut soup in a medium-sized white bowl kept atop a table

Wholesome & Delicious African Peanut Soup Recipe

Say bye-bye to your weeknight dinner woes as here's an easy vegan meal for supper!
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: African
Keyword: vegan,, African peanut soup
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of unsalted creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of tomato paste
  • 1 pinch of kale (remove the ribs and chop the leaves into fine strips)
  • Hot sauces like sriracha sauce (quantity as per your taste) You can use any other hot sauce of your liking.
  • 1 medium red onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tbsp of ginger properly minced
  • 6-7 cups of vegetable broth
  • salt (as per taste)
  • chopped peanuts (for garnishing)

Instructions

  • To make African peanut soup, take a medium-sized pot and pour the vegetable broth in it. Allow it to boil for some time. Meanwhile, sauté onions, garlic, and ginger in a frying pan till they turn light brown. Ensure that they don't burn in the process. Once done, add the sautéd ingredients to the vegetable broth and cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, take a medium-sized heat-safe mixing bowl and mix together the tomato paste and peanut butter in the aforementioned quantities. Transfer 1-2 cups of the hot vegetable stock to the mixing bowl. Whisk all the ingredients properly until you get a smooth consistency and then pour the mixture into the medium-sized pot (previously containing the broth) and continue to mix well.
  • At this point, add the kale leaves (finely chopped) and season the soup with a hot sauce of your choice - in the quantity you want. In our recipe, we add sriracha sauce, which blends very well with the tomato paste. 
  • Now let the soup simmer for not less than 15 more minutes on medium-low heat. While it heats, keep stirring. Once done, you can either have it as a soup or serve it as a gravy over cooked brown rice. Don't forget to garnish it with chopped peanuts as they add a delightful crunch to it. 
    African peanut soup in a medium-sized white bowl kept atop a table

Notes

In case you are in a hurry and don't have the resources to prepare the tomato paste, you can use canned crushed tomatoes instead. Many also like to add sweet potatoes to their soup, which is an option that you have. Likewise, you can use other green leafy vegetables if you're not too big on kale. 

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. As a Content & Culinary Outreach Specialist, she is responsible for developing and managing the website’s recipe section. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it for the website to educate more and more people about the same. An avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends, Ishani helps strategize and create authentic content for the website’s social media platforms. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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