African Squash and Peanut Soup

May 01, 2009 by bartolimu | 1 Comments| Share it:   

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Intro

Africans have been combining peanuts with squash (especially pumpkin) since the 16th century. It’s a good combination; the squash’s natural sweetness is balanced by the richness of peanuts. A bit of chili heat and other spices round out this excellent soup.

Info

  • Prep: 30 mins. - 1 hr.
  • Cook: 2 - 3 hrs.
  • Serves: 5

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Ingredients

  • 3 winter squash I used two butternut and one acorn
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 medium/large onions
  • ~2 quarts broth or stock (Vegetable broth is great and would make this meal entirely vegetarian; I used chicken)
  • 1-2 jalapenos or other moderately hot chiles
  • 3-4 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 collection spices (see below)

Step 1

What's in that little bowl of spices? 1/8 teaspoon coriander 1/8 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika (Spanish is an inferior product) 1 pinch (or perhaps a smidge) ground cinnamon 1 pinch (or perhaps a smidge) ground cloves That may not seem like much spice, but the idea here is to support the primary squash and peanut butter flavor, not overwhelm it.

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Step 2

Clean and seed the squash and sweet potato. Slice them into 1.5-inch chunks, coat lightly with peanut oil and bake at 350 for 1 hour or more, until soft and lightly browned.

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Step 3

Closeup of squash and sweet potato:

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Step 4

Slice the onions semi-finely.

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Step 5

Put them in a pan with 2 Tablespoons peanut oil and caramelize them.

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Step 6

This is a long process (it might even take longer than the squash, depending on the surface area of your pan) so don't rush it. Your patience will be rewarded.

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Step 7

Finely dice the jalapeno(s).

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Step 8

Remove the squash and sweet potato from their skins and put in a pot with the onions (save a few for garnish), jalapeno(s) and some peanut oil.

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Step 9

Saute at medium-high heat until the chiles start to sweat. Stir frequently to avoid sticking/scorching. Add broth/stock to cover, then add the peanut butter.

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Step 10

Stir to combine, then simmer for ~15 minutes. Before serving, hit the soup with a stick blender until wonderfully smooth.

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Step 11

Smooth:

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Step 12

Serve your African Squash and Peanut Soup.

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Step 13

Closeup:

Now that you have learned how to make african squash and peanut soup, please be sure to view these other soup recipes. Also, you will love these African recipes.

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Jan 05, 2011

Can’t wait to make this recipe.  Looks wonderful.  Thanks for posting it.

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