Saturday, March 29, 2008

Peanut soup with tomatoes

I was cleaning up my apartment some days ago, when I found some leftover peanut butter sitting alone at the back of my fridge. It's been a while since I had a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast, so I decided to use it up before the expiration date comes.
The result is this delicious dish inspired by the African peanut soup. :) Yummy!

2 tablespoons roasted peanut or vegetable oil
2 large onions, diced
2 large bell peppers, 1 red and 1 green, diced into 1/2-inch chunks
2 teaspoons chopped ginger
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, or more to taste
2 cups crushed tomatoes in sauce
5 cups water, or chicken stock, or vegetable stock
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 box or 1/2 carton tofu, preferably soft
2 cups cooked rice
1 cup sliced scallions, including the firm green。

1. Warm the oil in a wide soup pot set over high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, ginger, and sweet potatoes, and saute, stirring frequently until the onions have begun to color, 8 to 10 minutes, adding the garlic after the first 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon salt, several good twists of the pepper mill, and the cayenne to taste, and cook a few minutes longer.

2.Add the tomatoes and scrape the pot to lift up any brown bits from the bottom. Add the water or stock, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

3.Add the peanut butter and cook, stirring, until it has dissolved

4.Remove 2 cups of the soup and purée with the tofu until perfectly smooth. Return this mixture to the soup. (If you wish, purée the entire soup.) Taste for salt and for the heat level, adding more cayenne if desired.

5.Serve with 1/3 cup rice mounded in each bowl and plenty of scallions scattered over the top.

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

I just want a big hunk of crusty bread to dip into that soup :)