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  • Writer's pictureNicky, Digital Researcher, Africa Analyst

African peanut soup

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

If you like peanut butter, you'll definitely find the African Peanut soup very irresistible. Peanut soup is a staple across the cuisines of many African countries. Everything about this dish is mouthwatering, from the hearty flavors, to the irresistible color and the delicious creamy stew.

Peanut soup is made with peanut paste, tomatoes, peppers, onions and leafy greens. It's best served warm with slices of bread, boiled white rice or potatoes..

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional*)

  • 1 onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups)

  • 1 jalapeno, cored and finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 2-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled and minced (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 large (1-lb) sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 2 cups)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened creamy peanut butter

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 bunch collard greens, stems removed and chopped

  • fresh cilantro, cooked brown rice, roasted peanuts and lime juice for serving

Cooking Steps

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil.

  2. Add the onion, sprinkle with salt and cook for 3 minutes, until translucent.

  3. Add the garlic, jalapeño, ginger, cumin and cayenne then stir together and cook for about 2 minutes.

  4. Add the tomato paste and stir together.

  5. Add the sweet potato, peanut butter, vegetable broth and water. Stir together then bring to a boil.

  6. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.

  7. Add the chopped collard greens to the pot, stir, then cover and continue to cook for another 15 minutes, until sweet potato is tender.

  8. Using the back of the spoon, mash some of the sweet potato to help thicken the broth.

  9. Boil uncovered for 5 minutes.

  10. Serve warm with rice and garnish with cilantro, peanuts, and lime juice.

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