Winter here in the UK hasn’t been very cold, that is until yesterday. The chill in the air put ice into my bones, so I decided to make a lovely soup for dinner. With warming spice, creamy coconut milk and chunky peanut butter, my Spicy Peanut Soup is sure to put some warmth back into your bones.

ingredients

  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground tumeric root
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 200g mushrooms, sliced
  • 100g baby sweetcorn, cut in half
  • 100g fine green beans, cut in half
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon minced red chilli
  • 400g passata or chopped, tinned tomatoes
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 -2 teaspoons dried red chilli flakes
  • 250g chunky peanut butter

Method

  • Lightly fry the onion in a little oil until slightly softened. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin and warm over a low heat until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the mushrooms, baby corn and fine green beans and fry over a low heat for 5-10 minutes. The mushrooms should just start to be cooked. Season to taste.
  • Add the vegetable stock and minced red chilli. Bring to the boil over a high heat, and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes. Leave the lid off so the liquid can reduce.
  • Add the passata, coconut milk, peanut butter and dried red chilli and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat so your soup is lightly simmering and leave to reduce further for another 15 minutes. Keep stirring every few minutes so it doesn’t stick.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Testimony from Carnie

First day back at work after the indulgent holiday period, and I’ll be honest, I felt a bit terrible. The Herb has prepared dinner, and I can’t wait to see what is waiting for me. Soup…
Ok. I like soup. I’ll try it…
BAM! The taste is phenomenal. A creamy and nutty hit of peanut, followed by a slight tang, and a gentle heat on the aftertaste, this really is a complex yet balanced dish. We had it with Bread, but this could just as easily go with rice, noodles, or anything really.
Yet another one of the Herb’s surprise masterpieces, that whilst seemingly innocuous, really hit the spot and helped me to regain my humanity.