Meredith Deeds's African Peanut Soup

Meredith Deeds's African Peanut Soup

Meredith Deeds is an original Soup Queen!  From a soup cooking class in which I participated a few years back until the present, I have respected her recipe creativity and ease in the kitchen!  In a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article, she shares her the history behind her African Peanut Soup recipe.  This recipe is absolutely addictive … beware!  

African Peanut Soup by Meredith Deeds

Serves 6

Note: Anyone who enjoys Thai peanut sauce will love this addictively good soup. For a vegetarian version, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth and leave out the turkey or replace it with cooked garbanzo beans. From Meredith Deeds.

1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

1 Tbsp. curry powder

Pinch red pepper flakes

3 c. peeled and diced sweet potatoes

2 c. chicken broth

1 (28-oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 lb. ground lean turkey

1 tsp. salt, divided

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 c. chunky peanut butter

1 (14-oz.) can unsweetened lite coconut milk

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Chopped cilantro as garnish, optional

Chopped unsalted roasted peanuts, as garnish, optional


Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 6 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, ginger, curry powder and red pepper flakes, and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in sweet potatoes, chicken broth and tomatoes, and bring soup to a boil. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Add the turkey and cook, breaking up any clumps with the back of a spoon for 5 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Drain on paper towels.

Whisk in the peanut butter and coconut milk. Add cooked ground turkey, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and brown sugar to the soup, stirring to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and peanuts, if desired.

Photography courtesy of Star Tribune.

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