West African Peanut Soup with Chickpeas


This West African peanut soup recipe is a creamy and comforting, spicy vegan soup. Made with a simple combination of peanut butter, tomato paste, and collard greens, this soup comes together quickly and can be a great weeknight meal. If you love spicy flavors like me, don’t hesitate to use liberal amounts of ginger and garlic.

West African Peanut Soup with Chickpeas


  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 bunch collard greens or kale, ribs removed and leaves chopped into 1-inch strips
  • ¾ cup unsalted peanut butter chunky or smooth
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • Hot sauce like sriracha or tabasco
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts for garnish


  • Saute onions, ginger, garlic and salt in large pot for 10 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add sweet potatoes and cook on medium-low heat until sweet potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes).
  • In a medium-sized, heat-safe mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and tomato paste, then transfer 1 to 2 cups of the hot broth to the bowl. Whisk the mixture together until smooth, then pour the peanut mixture back into the soup and mix well. Stir in chickpeas and collard greens.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often.
  • Optional: add hot sauce to taste and serve over cooked brown rice.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts.
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