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West African Peanut Soup

West African Peanut Soup 3.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Weeknight Vegetarian Oct 9, 2013

This was one of the most popular recipes in the "Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant" cookbook, published more than 20 years ago. This version has been simplified for the updated "Moosewood Restaurant Favorites."

Make Ahead: The soup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat over medium-low heat (and defrost first if needed).


Servings:
3 - 4

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Tested size: 3-4 servings; makes 4 1/2 to 5 cups

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small celery rib, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco or other hot sauce, plus more to taste
  • 12 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice, preferably low-sodium
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, plus a few leaves for garnish
  • 1 scallion, white and green parts, cut crosswise into thin slices, for garnish

Directions

Pour the oil into a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the ginger and Tabasco. Add the sweet potatoes and water. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium or medium-low so the liquid is barely bubbling around the edges. Cover and cook until the vegetables are very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the tomato juice and peanut butter. Use an immersion (stick) blender to create a creamy, pureed soup. (If you use a blender instead, work in batches and remove the center knob in the lid, placing a paper towel over the opening to avoid splashups. Pour back into the soup pot.) Stir in the chopped cilantro and warm through. Taste, and add salt and/or hot sauce as needed.

Divide among bowls and top with the scallions and cilantro leaves. Serve hot.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: The 250 Most-Requested, Naturally Delicious Recipes From One of America's Best-Loved Restaurants," by the Moosewood Collective (St. Martin’s Press, 2013).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 4): 320


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 20g 31%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 390mg 16%

Total Carbohydrates: 29g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 6g 24%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 10g


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

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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