Since we have no sign of spring yet in England, I figured it was time to treat you to a recipe which will give you a boost of energy and mental alertness! Nuts are so rich in vitamins as well as antioxidants. This West African Peanut Soup is also known as Ground Nut Soup and has a rich history. It can be enjoyed with chicken or as a vegetarian dish. It’s also delicious for spooning over rice, couscous etc.
Ingredients – Serves 6
2 tbsp. of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 medium carrot (150gr), peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, deseeded, washed and chopped
1 can/400gr of chopped tomatoes
2 sweet potatoes (400gr), peeled and chopped
1tsp. peeled, grated fresh ginger root
¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper
200gr chunky peanut butter
1,25L vegetable stock
Salt & pepper to taste
Spring onions, finely chopped
Roasted peanuts, chopped
The easiest way to make this soup is to start by cutting up all the ingredients. Once you are done cutting, you will find that this recipe is very straightforward and easy to make.
Heat the olive oil on medium heat in your stockpot. Sauté the onions and when they are about done add the garlic, the grated fresh ginger root and the cayenne pepper. Once translucent add the roughly chopped carrot, red bell pepper and sweet potatoes. Toss the ingredients and add a can of chopped tomatoes. Stir gently and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
Pour in your stock and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Turn off the heat and let the soup cool down for a few minutes. Then purée the ingredients with a hand blender in the stockpot or puree in batches in your blender. Return the soup to a clean pan and stir in the chunky peanut butter until it is well blended and smooth. Make sure you use peanut butter with no added sugar.
Reheat but don’t boil and season to taste with (sea) salt, pepper and if you prefer the soup thinner add some more stock.
When ready to serve, garnish with plenty of spring onions and chopped roasted peanuts.
Bon Appetite 😉