← Back to Search Results
African, Caribbean
African Peanut Soup

Photo by: Mark Shapiro
Comments: 3
 

Recipe

Peanut butter sounds like a strange ingredient to base a soup on, but believe us, it works. This mouth-watering soup tastes nothing like a PB & J; rather, its blend of curry spices, sweet potato and fresh ginger gives it a unique, complex flavor that will have you making it again and again.

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1½ tbsp (22 mL) olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb (500 g) lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced gingerroot
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) curry powder
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 3 cups (750 mL) diced peeled sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chicken stock
  • 1 can (14 oz/400 mL) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) packed brown sugar

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat 1½ tsp (7 mL) of the oil over medium heat. Add turkey and sauté, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season with ½ tsp (2 mL) of the salt and the black pepper. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.

2. Drain the fat from the pot, add the remaining oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, hot pepper flakes and curry powder; sauté for 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice, sweet potatoes and stock; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until potatoes are almost tender, about 10 minutes. Whisk in coconut milk and peanut butter. Return turkey to the pot and stir in brown sugar and the remaining salt; simmer until sweet potatoes are tender and flavors are blended, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper, if necessary.

3. Ladle into heated bowls.

Notes

Making your own curry powder guarantees a fresh, lively character in your dishes. Purchased curry powder may have been sitting on your grocer’s shelf for a long time, which reduces its flavor.


© 2008 Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

501kcal (25%)
76mg (8%)
7mg (12%)
478mcg RAE (16%)
903mg
106mg
26g
10g
5g
30g
68mg (23%)
808mg (34%)
11g (56%)
33g (51%)
4mg (22%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
  • mallolab

    02.27.12 Flag comment

    This is absolutely delicious! I have made it just as written and also once substituted cooked chicken breast for the ground turkey. Can't say enough about how wonderful this is! A nice change from most "every day" soups.

  • ejj1955

    05.11.11 Flag comment

    What a hearty, tasty soup! I made the recipe exactly as written, despite being tempted to puree it before adding the peanut butter and returning the turkey to it. I'm not sure that would be a bad soup, either, but just as it is it's wonderful. One note: the ground turkey was so lean that it stuck to the pan a bit and there certainly wasn't any fat to drain away after cooking it.

  • KenFromSF

    02.04.11 Flag comment

    Once I tasted this soup I couldn't wait to share the recipe with friend's all over the country. I have received nothing but rave reviews from all of them.
    Love this soup!

 

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

the-whole-beast-nose-to-tail-eating The Whole Beast: Nose to Ta...
by Fergus Henderson
daves-dinners-a-fresh-approach-to-home-cooked-meals Dave's Dinners: A Fresh App...
by Dave Lieberman
raos-cookbook Rao's Cookbook
by Frank Pellegrino
fresh-from-the-market Fresh from the Market
by Laurent Tourondel
mexican-everyday Mexican Everyday
by Rick Bayless
the-splendid-tables-how-to-eat-weekends The Splendid Table's How to...
by Sally Swift, Lynne Rosetto Kasper
living-raw-food Living Raw Food
by Sarma Melngailis
cook-with-jamie Cook with Jamie
by Jamie Oliver
the-sweet-life The Sweet Life
by Kate Zuckerman
mom-a-licious Mom-a-Licious
by Domenica Catelli
spice Spice
by Ana Sortun
Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay

Sign in to Cookstr

Keep me logged in
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?