Spicy African Yam Soup

Spicy African Yam Soup

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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Colleen Campo
Recipe by  Colleen Campo

“An unusual combination of simple ingredients that render a spicy, tasty soup that's ready in less than 45 minutes!”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Saute onion, sweet potato, and garlic until onion is soft. Turn down heat if necessary to prevent burning.
  2. Stir in the chicken broth, thyme and cumin. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in salsa, garbanzo beans and zucchini. Simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked rice and peanut butter until the peanut butter has dissolved. Serve hot with pita chips and a green salad.

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after tinkering with this recipe, i ended up with more of a stew than a soup (although the recipe as submitted is pretty darn good!). i prefer a fuller stew. i added almost a full cup of crunchy peanut butter (for a nicely added crunch and to make it creamier), substituted the cumin for curry. I also added a minced jalapeno pepper along with a full jar of hot chunky salsa. i omitted the rice and added chopped chicken. I had some red peppers, so i chopped them up and threw them in. yum! even my daughter, who is not a big veggie lover, really enjoys this recipe! thank you!!



This recipe was absolutely delicious. I used a leftover can of sweet potatoes, added more zucchini, omitted the rice and it worked well. It reminded me of an African Groundnut Soup I ate in Botswana. I think I'll make it again tonight!



Sooo good!! I pureed the soup like some of the other reviewers did, and then added the peanut butter, rice, and salsa. I think the presentation is very nice that way. Also added a couple shakes each of ginger and paprika. It's great that such a rich tasting soup can be so healthy! We'll definitely be having this one on a regular basis. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 345 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 6.9 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs
  • 62.2 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 11.5 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 822 mg
  • 33%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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