West African Peanut Soup

Justine & I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago. Very tasty, and makes a good amount of food for not much money…

This simple, rich soup is adapted from a dish popular in Cameroon.

Serves: 6

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

2 tablespoons peanut oil (canola or other vegetable oil can be substituted)

1 large yellow onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

28-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 quart (4 cups) chicken broth

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

2 cups baby spinach greens or chopped kale (if using kale, remove any tough stems)

1 pound raw shrimp, shells and tails removed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts, to garnish

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over mediumhigh. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper and ginger. Saute until the onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, with juices, and chicken broth, then bring to a simmer.

Add the peanut butter, stirring until it dissolves into the soup. Add the greens and simmer until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the cilantro. Ladle into serving bowls, then garnish with peanuts.

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