Fall in love with our creamy, nutritious, and deliciously exotic West African soup, our Peanut Soup with sweet potatoes and spinach will impress your guests and satisfy your hunger for hours. A super delicious way to get part of your daily vegetable intake.
Tips on How to Make a Delicious Peanut Soup
This hearty peanut soup begins with a base of sautéed onions, garlic ginger, and tomatoes, and a sprinkling of dried red chili peppers. The inspiration for this soup comes from the perfect combination of flavors that are the foundation of West African’s celebrated cuisine. The soup becomes a silky African peanut stew with the addition of a generous swirl of peanut butter and a delicious blend of sweet potatoes and spinach.
Swap things around and customize it to your liking.
- The success of our peanut soup relies on fresh ingredients, high-quality olive or coconut oil, and naturally processed peanut butter.
- Either smooth or crunchy peanut butter can be used.
- If you are not a fan of spinach switch it out for collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, or even okra.
- Do you want a lighter soup? Swap the sweet potatoes for butternut squash or even spaghetti squash.
- You can top this peanut butter soup with cilantro, scallions, chives, or honey-roasted peanut for an extra touch of sweetness and crunch.
Some interesting facts about peanuts
Peanuts originated in Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru where they gained popularity before being brought to Spain by the conquistadors. In fact, the peanut is featured in much of Latin America’s pre-Colombian art. From Spain, the peanut was exported to Europe, Africa, and eventually the U.S. by Portuguese, French, and British colonial traders. European explorers also brought chili peppers and tomatoes to West Africa where the iconic Peanut Soup was born.
Why We Love Peanut Soup
Known for its high levels of niacin, unsaturated fatty acids, and Vitamin E, the peanut may be the most affordable beauty product on the market today. Some literature suggests that Niacin and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids from peanuts are critical for the regeneration of skin cells. Vitamin E keeps free radicals from blemishes and wrinkles.
The peanut also contains resveratrol, the high-powered antioxidant that may improve mood and cognitive function and strengthens neural pathways, making it a great source of protein for those looking for a vegan source of nutritious protein.
In addition to all of this, African Peanut Soup is just downright tasty. It's so good! I mean how could you not like a soup made with peanut butter?
How to Make Peanut Soup Recipe
First, you'll need to sauté the onions and garlic in a large stockpot. When the onions are translucent, add water and the remaining ingredients except for the peanut butter and simmer your vegan soup until the sweet potatoes are tender. Once the sweet potatoes are tender, you can add the peanut butter, stir it in really well, and heat the peanut butter soup to boiling. Once it boils, turn off the heat and serve it with any of the various recommended toppings! This soup is vegan and gluten-free.
Toppings for Sweet Potato Peanut Soup
- Chopped Cilantro
- Chopped Scallions
- Diced Cucumber
- Crushed Peanuts
- Veggie Chicken
- Spiced Tofu
- You might enjoy serving a thicker version of this sweet potato peanut soup as an African Peanut Stew on top of our turmeric rice.
- Baby Spinach -- stirred in when you take the soup off the heat.
Storing Leftover Peanut Butter Soup
You absolutely can refrigerate your peanut soup for 3-5 days and reheat it in the microwave. It can also be frozen in airtight containers for up to five months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and the microwave before serving. Just be aware that any reheated leftovers may have a different texture and appearance with this soup.
Other African Recipes To Try
- Shakshuka. A North African Eggs in Tomato Sauce
- Matcbucha. A North African Tomato and Red Pepper Dip.
- Morrocan Carrot Salad.
Other Awesome Sweet Potato Recipes
- Three-bean sweet potato chili
- Sweet potato biscuits. These would be really fantastic served with this variation on African Peanut Stew.
- Sweet Potato Tacos
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When you’re looking for a creamy, nutritious, and deliciously exotic soup, our Peanut Soup with sweet potatoes and spinach will impress your guests and satisfy your hunger for hours. A super delicious way to get part of your daily vegetable intake.
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, diced small ( we used a sweet onion)
- 1" piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 -28 ounce can tomato puree
- 1-2 tsp sea salt ( to taste)
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper ( or to taste)
- 2 medium large sweet potatoes, diced ( about 4 cups)
- 1 lb frozen chopped spinach
- 1 cup all natural peanut butter (you can use smooth or crunchy)
- Optional toppings: chopped scallions, chopped cilantro, diced cucumbers
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the minced garlic and onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent
- Add 6 to 8 cups of water (see note 1), ginger, tomato puree, salt, crushed red pepper, sweet potatoes and spinach. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, covered for 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender ( See note 2)
- Once the sweet potatoes are tender, add the peanut butter, mix well, bring to a boil again, and turn off heat.
- Add 6 to 8 cups of water, depending on how thick you like the soup. Start with 6 cups and you can always add more if you want to thin it out
- Time may vary depending on the size of the dice of the sweet potatoes
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30
- Category: soup
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: West African
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 165
- Sugar: 6.2
- Sodium: 217
- Fat: 9.5
- Saturated Fat: 1.8
- Unsaturated Fat: 7
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 17.3
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 6
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: soup, peanuts, West African, Vegan, gluten-free, kosher, parve, vegetables, quick, easy