West African Peanut Soup


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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, very finely diced

  • 2 large bell peppers, (any color) finely chopped

  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes with juice

  • 8 cups vegetable broth

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ cup uncooked rice

  • 1 (18 ounce) jar creamy peanut butter

  • ½ cup chopped roasted peanuts


  1. 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.

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

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

459 Calories
33g Fat
31g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 459
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Sodium 777mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 36mg 182%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 642mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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