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Peanut soup

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
30 min
35 min
Mafe, or Senegalese groundnut stew, is a rich, creamy peanut soup, often including chicken or other proteins. In America, a later rendition of the soup became known as Virginia peanut soup, and is still popular and often served in restaurants. This version is vegetarian, with sweet potatoes filling in for meat, allowing the peanuts to be the heroes in this delicious and filling soup.


Vegetable oil

1 tsp(s)


1 medium

Kosher salt

1 tsp(s), or more to taste, divided


5 clove(s), large, finely chopped

Ginger root

1 piece(s), 2 inches, peeled and chopped

Scotch bonnet

1 pepper(s), or habanero chile, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped

Canned tomato paste

1 tbsp(s)

Canned crushed tomatoes

28 oz

Fat free reduced sodium vegetable broth

2 cup(s)

Reduced sodium peanut butter

8 tbsp(s), or unsalted variety

Sweet potato

2 medium, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 2 cups)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s), coarsely ground, or more to taste


1½ tbsp(s), roasted, crushed


  1. In large pot, heat oil over medium-low. Add onion and 1⁄2 tsp salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and chile and stir until fragrant, 30 to 45 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, then tomatoes, broth, and peanut butter.
  2. Using immersion blender (or working in batches in standard blender and returning batches to pot), purée soup until smooth. Add sweet potatoes, 1⁄4 tsp black pepper, and remaining 1⁄2 tsp salt to soup and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Divide soup among 8 bowls and top with crushed peanuts.
  3. Serving size: 3/4 cup