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Vegan African Peanut Soup! If you haven’t had peanut soup before, you must try this one! Vegan, gluten-free and healthy! Serve alone or with brown rice.
The first and only time I’ve tasted a vegan African Peanut Soup was in LA a few years ago at Native Foods. Since I am a sucker for anything peanut-flavored, I was excited to finally try a dish that I’ve drooled over in countless cookbooks.
Peanut + Spices + Creamy Soup. I was hooked at first bite.
Now that we have officially transitioned to soup weather, I try to make a large batch every Sunday using the leftovers for lunches throughout the week. Soup is my favorite bulk meal to prepare because it continues to taste great with each reheat, a must for leftovers. A few weekends ago, after racking my brain on what soup I wanted to enjoy for the week, I remembered just how amazing the West African Peanut Soup was and knew I had to give it a shot.
After a quick Google search, I discovered there are countless interpretations of this soup. Basically, if it’s got peanut butter in the ingredient list, you can call it peanut soup.
I knew my version had to have ample aromatic heavy hitters: ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. One of my favorite smells is definitely simmered ginger. I can’t get enough of that sweet, spicy smell!
To round out the flavor, we are going to add a hefty dose of curry powder, which mellows out the red pepper flakes and adds depth. I knew I wanted my soup to have some body to it so I added in a sweet potato and swiss chard leaves. The finely shredded swiss chard almost melts into the soup causing you to forget you are eating an entire serving of greens in every bowl. Sweet potato and coconut are a natural pairing for me, so into the pot they went along with tomato paste and peanut butter.
If you are looking for a twist on traditional soups, this is it! Creamy, savory and spicy, I cannot get enough of this hearty vegan African peanut soup. I loved it served over a bed of rice, but it’s also great on its own.
Like most soups, this one tastes best the longer it cooks. Try it in a slow cooker before leaving for work or put on a pot in the morning to enjoy for a weekend lunch.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
African Peanut Soup! If you haven’t had peanut soup before, you must try this one! Vegan, gluten-free and healthy! Serve on it’s own or with brown rice. | www.delishknowledge.com
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