West African Peanut Soup

Serves     4-6


This delicious peanut soup is easy and quick, I’d say 30 to 45 minutes, tops. The soup base can be made one day ahead of time, as described in my notes in the recipe below. This vegan, vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free soup should please all diners! A scoop of white rice makes a nice accompaniment and a heartier meal.


2 tbsp. oil

2 cups onion, chopped (about 1 large)

3 medium cloves garlic, chopped

2 tsp. curry powder

1 tsp. ground ginger

4 tbsp. tomato paste

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1/3 cup peanut butter (any kind)

4 cups vegetable stock, or water

½ to 1 tsp. salt

1 cup diagonally sliced asparagus

1 cup diagonally sliced snow peas

2 to 3 heads baby bok choy, sliced


Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add the oil and onions. Sauté for a few minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the garlic, stir for a moment, then

add the curry powder and ginger. Give that a minute over the heat to toast the spices, then add the tomato paste. Let the paste cook for a minute or two until it begins to brown a little bit and caramelize.

Next, add the chopped tomatoes and peanut butter. Mix well, then add the vegetable stock and ½ teaspoon of salt. Let this simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes. More salt can be added at this point, if necessary. The soup base up to this point can be prepared one day ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to use it.

When you are ready to serve your soup, bring the soup base back to a simmer and add the fresh vegetables. Let the soup simmer for a few more minutes until the vegetables are just done, but still bright green and a little crispy.


Notes and Instructions

Recipe and photo credit: Linda McElroy