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Vegan Spicy West African Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Posted Apr 25 2011 10:53pm
I am one lucky foodie.

Whenever I’m tired and don’t have enough energy to cook dinner, this guy always steps up to the plate.

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He’s a skilled cook, a silly cook, and, in my opinion, a pretty sexy cook too.

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Tonight Nick whipped up one of our favorite recipes, Spicy West African Peanut Stew, which I created after spending a summer volunteering in The Gambia. It’s wonderfully satisfying and has a spicy kick that warms your tummy and your soul.

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Spicy West African Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

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Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. sweet potatoes, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 28 oz. can unsalted tomatoes, of any variety
  • 2 medium white or yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 head fresh garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 to 2 tsp. dried red pepper flakes (depending on desired level of spice)
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 cups water as needed

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Directions

1. Put a large soup pot on the stove and add all of the ingredients except peanut butter, water, salt, and pepper into a large soup pot.
2. Turn heat on high and add water as needed to cover all of the ingredients in liquid.
3. Cover the pot to retain the heat and bring the mixture to a low boil.

boil 4. When the mixture has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and boil for 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
5. If using an immersion blender puree the soup until smooth. Add the peanut butter and then puree until well incorporated.

 
PB2 swirl2 color If using a food processor or stand up blender, process/blend the mixture until smooth. With one of the batches, process/blend until smooth, add the peanut butter, and then process/blend until well incorporated.
6. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
7. Ladle into bowls and serve with naan, pita, or rolls.

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Or if you’re ridiculous like Nick you can add an insane amount of hot sauce

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and end up a sweaty, sexy cook!

Enjoy!

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