Vegetarian Groundnut Soup

The specialty ingredients in this african influenced soup are worth the hunt. Makes about 4 servings.


  • 3 Tbsp groundnut paste*
  • 1 ½ quarts vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 slices of fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (or¼ tsp dried)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups diced white yams*
  • 10 small okras, trimmed (optional)
  • Salt


  • Large saucepan
  • Medium bowl
  • Spatula
  • Whisk


  1. Place groundnut paste and tomato paste in a bowl.
  2. Whisk in stock to create a smooth paste.
  3. Add paste to sauce pan over heat.
  4. Add onion, ginger, thyme, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, and remaining stock.
  5. Slowly bring up to a simmer and cook for about an hour. Whisking frequently to prevent from sticking.
  6. Add white yams and , if using, okra. Simmer until vegetables are tender.
  7. Serve.

What you should know

*Groundnut is another name for peanuts. You can find the groundnut paste, which is not as sweet as regular peanut butter, in health food stores. If you are in a pinch you can use peanut butter.

*White yams can be found in Latin food markets.

Re: Vegetarian Groundnut Soup

Re: Vegetarian Groundnut Soup

Wow. This was a super easy and distinctive soup. I used peanut butter which came out great. Should I ever find myself in a health food store I will pick up some grounnut paste. Until then I sticking with peanut butter.