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!

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Add rice to soup and stir. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 25 minutes, or until rice is tender.

  • When rice is cooked, whisk in peanut butter and return to a simmer, and serve. Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

458.5 calories; protein 17.4g 35% DV; carbohydrates 30.7g 10% DV; fat 32.8g 50% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 777mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2008
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 still make it here in the US. I don't even use vegetable broth water is fine. It's also good to add a sweet starchy vegetable like sweet potatoes or butternut squash. But the biggest difference between the African version and this recipe is how it's served. I was surprised to see this being served as a soup. It's very very rich! In Africa they typically pour two ladels or so over a plate of rice. And if you're serving it over rice 2-3 lbs of chicken or beef turn it into a very hearty meal. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2008
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 ingredients (especially the red peppers and peanut butter) are not cheap! Read More
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108 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2008
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 still make it here in the US. I don't even use vegetable broth water is fine. It's also good to add a sweet starchy vegetable like sweet potatoes or butternut squash. But the biggest difference between the African version and this recipe is how it's served. I was surprised to see this being served as a soup. It's very very rich! In Africa they typically pour two ladels or so over a plate of rice. And if you're serving it over rice 2-3 lbs of chicken or beef turn it into a very hearty meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2009
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 about 3/4 - 1 cup peanut butter which is plenty. If you find this is not thick enough I sometimes make a cornstarch slurry to give it the same consistency as the original. I also use fire-roasted tomatoes in this as it adds a particular rustic flavor to it. Either way this soup is requested all the time at my work parties! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
This is just like the groundnut soup here in West Africa. I add chicken to it and I use chicken broth instead of vegetable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
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 quinoa instead of rice (also delicious) coconut instead of olive oil. I would like this better with crushed tomatoes. I added a diced sweet potato. One review suggested using water instead of broth so I used less broth -- needed more flavor maybe cinnamon? Next time I will use the full amount of broth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2004
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 little. Ends up being pretty creamy - might be too much for some. But for me - EXCELLENT. Definitely serve with crusty bread for dipping. Also apple slices compliment this soup well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
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 garlic and bell peppers in the food processor and it was finely chopped within a few seconds. I used virgin coconut and red palm oils. I recommend using a natural peanut butter: which is just peanuts and salt. It tastes (and looks) like a spicy savory peanut sauce not unlike what you would find in a Chinese restaurant with duck. I can imagine it would be nice with a roasted chicken thigh. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2009
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 or if its a ten minute Uncle Bens version use the recipe. I used tinned tomatoes with chilli already in it to kick up the heat and organic crunchy peanut butter added to taste at the end. Would recommend take some hot soup out and mixing it with the peanut butter as a paste or you will end up chasing spoons of it around the pan tying to get it to blend! Already made it again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2008
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 ingredients (especially the red peppers and peanut butter) are not cheap! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2008
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. Read More
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