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Lenten Recipe: African Sweet Potato Peanut Soup

Posted by Guest Blogger on 3/17/18 12:00 AM

Lenten Recipes: African Sweet Potato Peanut Soup | Image: Monastery Kitchen

The other night, we made this tasty soup at the Convent in the form of a stew, with pieces of chicken thighs cooked into it, and chunks of sweet potato left intact. We loved the flavor so much that we thought we’d create our own recipe in a meatless rendition, something to relish during Lent. 

The result was wonderful! You can taste each subtle flavor: roasted peanuts, sweet potatoes, coriander, ginger, and tomato – a very odd collection! But when put together, a velvety and beautiful soup is born.

It’s very simple to throw together and with a little bread, cheese, and salad, you have a complete meal. Enjoy!



COOK TIME: 20-30 mins


READY IN: 1 hour



  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 leek(s) washed, trimmed and sliced (or 1 sweet onion, peeled and diced)
  • 3 inch piece ginger root peeled and minced
  • 2 garlic clove(s) chopped roughly
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 10 oz tomatoes cruched, (canned or fresh)
  • 1 quart chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup peanuts roasted
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne or to taste (if desired)
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro chopped or parsley for garnish
  • cream if desired



Over medium heat, sauté the leeks or onions in butter until soft and translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes and stir well to combine.

Add the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, peanut butter, peanuts and coriander and stir well to combine.

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