Spicy Vegetarian Peanut Soup 6.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Mar 26, 2014

Mark Furstenberg developed this soup for the menu at his upcoming bakery, Bread Furst in Van Ness. He is crazy about peanuts in all forms, and his son Philippe loves peanut soup. "So it should more accurately be called Philippe's Peanut Soup," says the baker.

Be sure to add the coconut milk at the very end, and don't over-blend; otherwise, it could separate.


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Tested size: 6 servings; makes 5 1/2 cups

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, chopped ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or canned no-salt-added tomatoes
  • 4 cups homemade or no-salt-added vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Coarsely chopped dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts, for garnish
  • Coarsely chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish


Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery, stirring to coat. Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened; adjust the heat as needed so they do not brown.

Stir in the cayenne pepper, ginger, curry and garlic; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the tomatoes, broth and salt. Cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Combine the peanut butter and the 1/2 cup of sour cream in a blender. With the motor on low speed, add the broth mixture through an opening in the blender lid; puree until smooth. (You might have to do this in batches.) Add the coconut milk, blending just until incorporated.

Serve warm; garnish each portion with a spoonful of sour cream, chopped peanuts and a sprinkling of cilantro.

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Adapted from Washington master baker Mark Furstenberg.

Tested by Johnna Rowe.

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