I’m always so thankful for people in my life who encourage me to try new things and broaden my horizons! My co-worker and friend, Jana brought some homemade carrot soup to work with her a couple of weeks ago, and as she started telling me the ingredients, my interest was immediately peaked- carrots, potato, tomato, cilantro and….peanut butter?!! Peanut butter?? With carrots and potatoes?? But as she heated it in the microwave I realized this was something I HAD to try! It smelled amazing! As luck would have it, since Jana is such a sweet lady, she brought me a bowl the next day!! It was delicious! The peanut butter and cilantro added an almost Thai flavor to the warm spices and sweet carrots. I had to make this soup!

I didn’t even wait a week before trying it myself- only this time, I used butternut squash, carrots and sweet potato. Honestly, it tasted almost exactly the same as Jana’s- YUM! Do me a favor and try this soup SOON! It’s completely delicious and makes a great, easy weeknight meal!

Peanut Buttery Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup
-adapted from my friend Jana’s recipe

1/2 of a butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped (save the other half for another dish)
1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pounds carrots (about 8 medium-sized carrots), peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups chicken broth (if you want to make this soup vegetarian, feel free to use vegetable stock instead!)
1 teaspoon tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish, if desired

In a large stock pot, sauté the onion, garlic and ginger in the olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until soft. Add in the carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and bring to a low boil and cook for 20-30 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft. Add in the tomato paste, salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, curry powder, and cilantro. Using a hand blender (or regular blender, a little at a time), puree the vegetables until smooth (you may want to add a little more chicken broth or water if the soup is too thick). Stir in the peanut butter and check for seasoning. Serve with additional cilantro if desired.

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  1. I looooove the idea of adding a touch of peanut butter to a ‘sweet’ soup. I am definitely going to try this. I have been experementing with peanut butter too lately and recently posted about an African stew with peanut butter. Thanks for the idea.

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    Comment by Nuts about Food — October 28, 2010 @ 7:02 AM

  2. ooh, this sounds delicious! Pretty much anything with pb sounds delicious actually. I love that it doesn’t have any heavy cream or anything in it either.

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    Comment by Candice @ ChiaSeedMe — October 28, 2010 @ 8:55 AM

  3. I’ve never tried peanut butter in a soup, but since I’m a peanut butter freak, I think I could go for this! Looks delicious!

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    Comment by Steph@stephsbitebybite — October 28, 2010 @ 10:49 AM

  4. What an interesting flavor combo! This looks super delish.

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    Comment by Eliana — October 28, 2010 @ 1:36 PM

  5. My mother gave me the following recipe for West African Peanut Stew… if you’re interested in experimenting with using peanut butter in your cooking. This is delicious!

    2 T. vegetable oil
    1 med. onion, chopped
    1 lg. leek, white part only, well-cleaned and thinly sliced
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
    2 tsps. ground cumin
    2 tsps. ground coriander
    2 med. sweet potatoes, diced
    1 carrot, diced
    2 green chiles, deseeded (if you wish) and minced
    1 1/2 tsps. salt
    2 c. vegetable (or chicken) broth
    1 green pepper, diced
    1/2 c. cooked, shredded chicken (optional)
    1/2 c. smooth, natural peanut butter
    1/2 c. crushed peanuts, toasted

    Heat oil in lg. saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, leek, garlic, and ginger and cook for 5 min. Stir in the ground cumin and coriander and cook for 1 min. Add sweet potatoes, carrot, and chiles. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 min.

    Add salt, vegetable broth, green pepper and optional cooked, shredded chicken. Bring stew to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook 8-10 min, or until sweet potato and carrot are soft. Mix in the peanut butter and cook for a final 5 minutes. If you want a thinner or thicker stew, you can add more peanut butter, or alternatively, more broth.

    Serve the stew hot, on to top couscous or rice, with the toasted peanuts either sprinkled on top or stirred through. Fresh coriander/cilantro also makes an excellent garnish, if you have it.

    Bon Appetit!

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    amy Reply:

    Wow, thank you so much, Steph!! This sounds SO good! I’ll definitely be trying it soon!

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    Comment by stephthechef — November 2, 2010 @ 9:42 AM

  6. How unique is this?!?! I LOVE it and will try it ASAP! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Comment by Celeste Jenkins — November 2, 2010 @ 7:02 PM

  7. I make this soup all the time now during the fall and winter! Hope anyone that sees it doesn’t hesitate to try it out, it is so delicious!

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    Comment by Ashley — October 9, 2012 @ 3:41 PM

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