Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Senegalese Peanut and Tomato Soup

I have been making this soup for years and I don't know why I never thought to post it before. We make it at least once every 2 weeks since it's my husband's favorite. It's super quick, super easy, and super adaptable and uses things that I almost always have on hand. This is also a great recipe to make after poaching a whole chicken as it uses both the wonderfully flavorful broth and some of the tender chicken. You can also easily make this a vegan recipe by using vegetable broth and leaving out the chicken. Let me know if you like this soup as much as we do!

Senegalese Peanut and Tomato Soup

- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- black pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp canola or coconut oil
- 2 tsp Madras curry powder
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, regular or fire-roasted
- 1/2 cup rice (I prefer basmati for this recipe)
- 1 cup chopped cooked chicken, shredded
- 1/4 smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and pepper and saute until softened, but not browned (about 5 minutes).

2. Add curry powder and cook stirring until very fragrant (about 2 minutes). 

3. Add the tomatoes with their juice, the broth, and the rice. Stir. Bring up to a boil. Cover and lower to a simmer and cook until rice is done (depending on the rice type you choose, white basmati = 18 minutes). 

4. Once rice is cooked, stir peanut butter into hot water until melted and smooth and add to soup along with cooked chicken. Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes until the soup returns to temperature. 

5. Stir in chopped cilantro and serve. 

* Serves 4
* Suitable for babies over 10 months.


  1. Going to try it next Friday. My partner is a soup lover + a peanut butter fan. I'm sure it's gonna be a keeper for our menu planning.

  2. This looks so delicious. I gave up peanut butter for it Easter yet?!!

  3. Hi Michelle,

    We made this tonight and my husband said, "Add this to the permanent list!" I didn't have chicken so I made it veggie, but it was so good. I discovered your website a while back when I made the "plunker." It was my son's favorite toy for about a month. I just started trying your recipes and they are wonderful. Great blog.

  4. Thanks so much Mairead and I'm glad you liked the soup and the plunker! It's always so wonderful to hear when other people have success with what I post.

  5. Made the soup tonight and as I had predicted, my partner loved it. Added 4 other cups of broth to it though. I guess we prefer our soup thinner. Big thanks for that great recipe.

  6. Wow, I can't believe you needed 4 more cups of broth, although, as is, the recipe is quite thick. So glad you liked it though!


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