West African Peanut Soup

West African Peanut Soup


"Tomatoes and peanut butter? YES! The first time I tried this at a health food restaurant, I was hooked. About 5 years of tweaking the recipe to my personal taste has created a spicy, sweet favorite amongst my friends and family. Luckily there is always enough for everyone!"


1 h 20 m servings 458 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 458 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 32.8 g
  • 50%
  • Carbs:
  • 30.7g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 17.4 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 777 mg
  • 31%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes with their juice, vegetable broth, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Add rice to soup and stir. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 25 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  3. When rice is cooked, whisk in peanut butter and return to a simmer, and serve. Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts, if desired.
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  1. 97 Ratings


I have made this many times, and while it is wonderful as is, I have tweaked it to make it a little healthier. First, I add some carrots and celery to increase the veggie content, and only use ...

I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea in West Africa and this is a very popular dish there. This recipe is more or less the same as what they make there. I've had this probably 200 times and I...

This is just like the groundnut soup here in West Africa. I add chicken to it and I use chicken broth instead of vegetable.

I like this better than the African Peanut Soup from this site, it has more flavor and richness thanks to more peanut butter and pepper flakes. I made this with almond butter (really good) and ...

Yum yum yum! Being a peanut butter lover and always looking for new taste combinations thought I'd give this a try. Fantastic. If you don't LOVE peanut butter, you may want to cut it back a litt...

Tasty, filling, unusual soup that was devoured by my in-laws, much to my surprise! I added chicken, which made it a full meal. Add the brown rice earlier if it usually takes 40 minutes to cook...

I made it pretty much as is. Except I added African "pepper", which is like cayenne pepper. It definitely needed it, in addition to the red pepper flakes, for my taste. I threw the onions, garl...

I made this recipe tonight, and my husband and I did not care for it. It is way too peanut-buttery and rich for our taste, made me feel sick after eating half my bowl. Too bad because the ingr...

This recipe has become a staple at my house. I like to use the canned diced tomatoes with added green chilies for the extra spice.