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Spicy African Peanut Soup


There used to be a great bookstore in Worcester many years ago. They had a great cafe and they made this soup.

It became my quest to find the recipe.

Ta Da ……

I figured out the recipe by combining, mixing, adding and tasting.

3 cups chicken stock

One inch minced peeled ginger

1 teaspoon ground cumin

One peeled, diced and cooked large sweet potato

2 sliced big carrots

One diced red pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons oil

2 large diced onions

2 cloves chopped garlic

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

One cup chunky peanut butter

One can Rotelle diced tomatoes

One can rinsed, drained black beans

1/2 cup chunky salsa


diced scallions

lots of cilantro

crushed peanuts

diced red peppers

sliced jalapenos

Heat the oil

Add the onions, red pepper, ginger, carrots, cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic

Stir till everything is soft and fragrant

Stir in the chicken stock and sweet potato

Boil for about ten minutes

Stirring often

Add the peanut butter and diced tomatoes

Puree till smooth

Add the salsa, black beans and  brown sugar.

Check your seasoning now for salt and pepper

Garnish with cilantro, peanuts,  jalapenos  and scallions

A little dollop of sour cream is always a bonus

I always double this recipe so I can use the entire jar of peanut butter plus it is so good the leftovers are great.


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