Snow always puts me in the mood for soup so last night I made up a batch of a rib-sticking, tasty West African peanut soup. I first tried a peanut soup last year at one of my favorite restaurants, Prairie Bay. I liked it so much I had to try making it myself. I found this recipe and I've only made very slight adjustments to it.
I like making this soup because it's simple but yields a hearty soup that even my kids like. The chopped peanuts add a great texture against the creaminess of the peanut butter. The recipe makes a lot so I always have extra to freeze and it keeps wonderfully. Plus, the smell of the onions, garlic, and peppers cooking makes my kitchen smell like happiness.
2 tbl olive oil
2 med onions, finely diced
2 large bell peppers, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 28 oz. can of chopped tomatoes with juice (I always add more, either canned or fresh)
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 18 oz. jar of creamy peanut butter (note: you're looking for peanut flavor, not sugar so try to find the natural stuff, it's usually in the refrigerator case at the grocery store)
2/3 cup coarsely chopped peanuts, shells and skins removed
Do you have a favorite soup recipe to share?