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Spicy African Peanut Soup

No recipe image available.Spicy African Peanut Soup claims a new-world connection because peanuts were first cultivated in tropical zones of Peru. Introduced into Africa by Portuguese explorers peanuts have become a staple. This spicy, rich soup filled with vegetables is exotic and delicious.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
8 cups chicken broth
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (24-ounce) jar tomato-based salsa
1 (15.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup diced zucchini
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan; sauté onion until translucent. Add sweet potato and garlic;cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, rice, thyme and cumin; stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender (18 to 20 minutes).
  3. Add salsa, garbanzos and zucchini; cook until zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes. Add creamy peanut butter; stir.
  4. Heat thoroughly, ladle into bowls; serve immediately.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Tips:

  • Add crunchy peanut butter to this soup for more texture.
  • Serve with a few toasted, chopped peanuts sprinkled over each bowlful.