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Southern Peanut Soup


Rich, hearty and comforting, this peanut soup quickly comes together with a few ingredients in about 30 minutes. Its unique and nutty flavor is decadent and warming.


Peanut Soup

5 tablespoons of butter

1/2 cup onions, minced

1/2 cup celery, minced

1 clove of garlic minced

2 tablespoons of flour

1/2 cup +2 tablespoons of natural unsweetened peanut butter

5 cups of broth (chicken or vegetable)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 large (or 2 small) bay leaf

1/2 cup +2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons of hot pepper sauce (like Crystals), plus more to taste

Juice from half a lemon

Peanut & Green Onion Gremolata

1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped (flat leaf or curly)

1/2 cup green onion

1 clove of garlic, grated

1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped (unsalted or lightly salted)

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper


Peanut & Green Onion Gremolata

  1. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, green onions, garlic, zest, salt and pepper. Add in the chopped peanuts.  Set the gremolata to the side while the soup is being made.



  1. In a medium-size pot over medium heat, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and celery and sauté until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the flour to the pot and whisk until smooth.Whisk in the peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Gradually whisk in the chicken or vegetable broth. Add black pepper and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and let the soup gently simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Add the lemon juice, hot sauce, and stir to combine. Stir in the cream and let it gently heat up. Taste and add more salt, pepper or hot sauce if needed. Serve with a spoonful of the gremolata, crushed peanuts, fried okra, or croutons. 
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: Soup, Peanut butter, Side Dish, Southern