CEimB: (Sweet) and Spicy Peanut Soup

by Joanne on January 7, 2010

Quickie post since my “blogging” computer is being upgraded with Windows 7 ( I can’t wait!!!!) and I’m doing a little “break time” at work to post this very delicious recipe.

This weeks Craving Ellie recipe is a pick by Popsicles and Sandy FeetGreat pick!  A warming soup in both temperature and spice.  The recipe is on page 77 of our book: The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger or go HERE for the online recipe.


This recipe went together so easily and was perfectly complimented by the crisp “zingy freshness and crunch” of the scallions – a must for a resounding finish to this wonderful winter appetizer.

I did make a few changes:

  • Did not use any oil to cook the onion, pepper, and carrot.
  • Only used one carrot and my pepper was an orange pepper.
  • I used only 4 cups of liquid which was comprised of 2 cups white wine and 2 cups veggie broth.
  • The diced tomatoes used were  with “zesty mild green chilies.”
  • Reduced the peanut butter to 1/4 cup (all natural PB of course! )
  • No honey added.
  • Cooked the soup for 25 minutes and the last five minutes, the heat was increased from a simmer to medium (speed things up a bit).
  • I did not puree the whole soup.  I left just a few pieces of cubed potato for texture. This really made the soup that much better in my book.


The result:   It was spicy from the red pepper. There was just a hint of peanut butter detected.  The soup was plenty sweet enough from the caramelized onions, the natural sweetness of sweet potato and carrots. 

Like I said…PERFECT!  Great choice for this weeks recipe.


I hope to get my other computer back by Friday so blogging will be back on schedule. 

See you soon!


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  • At 2010.01.07 09:33, Dawn Hutchins said:

    This looks So good. I love anything with peanuts! Congrats on the Windows update!!!!!

    • At 2010.01.07 14:40, Joanne said:

      Dawn: Thanks. It was very good soup. Windows 7 just HAS to be better than Vista.

      • At 2010.01.07 18:06, kilax said:

        Yum. I wonder if I would like that! For some reason, lately, anything with peanuts in it sounds SO appetizing!

        • At 2010.01.07 19:52, Kayte said:

          I just posted mine as I was making it for dinner tonight. I made half a batch, not sure guys would like it, big mistake…should have made a whole batch…they absolutely inhaled it! I thought it was great. Such fun to read about (and learn from) your subs for this recipe. They all sound great to me! I made it exactly as she wrote it and it was very very very good! Now I can go back in and play around a bit and see what else can be had with the recipe…am trying a couple of your suggestions for sure. Beautiful photos.

          • At 2010.01.07 21:02, Heide said:

            Oooh, I love the idea of replacing some of the stock with wine. I’ve never tried that, it sounds great!

            • At 2010.01.07 21:52, Amy I. said:

              You’re totally right, “warming” is the perfect word for this soup! Yours looks delish 🙂

              • At 2010.01.07 22:00, Leslie said:

                Wow, this looks wonderful! I made it pretty much as written and still enjoyed it a lot. Can’t wait to have the leftovers tomorrow.

                • At 2010.01.08 21:40, pamela said:

                  Your soup looks nice and chunky and full of flavor. Nice job!

                  • At 2010.01.09 09:16, Mary said:

                    Thanks for cooking along with me this week. I will take your advice and leave some of it chunky for next time!

                    • At 2010.01.10 10:37, Margaret said:

                      LIke your subs in this one. I only made 1/4 recipe as knew I would be only one to eat. Liked it, but don’t know why. Very different.

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