Colonial Cream of Peanut Soup

August 26, 2014
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

As peanuts became a staple crop in Virginia during the Civil War, peanut soup became popular as well. Many historians claim George Washington enjoyed the soup so much that he ate it every day. This healthy, satisfying soup is sure to please even the pickiest palate! —WeLike2Cook

What You'll Need
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 ribs of celery, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a medium sauté pan, melt the butter and sweat the minced onion and minced celery over low heat for 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in one cup of chicken stock. Using an immersion blender (or food processor), puree vegetables in the broth.
  3. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve reserving broth and discarding excess solids.
  4. Add remaining the chicken broth and peanut butter, and return to medium heat to simmer the mixture for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the sour cream and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Ladle the soup into heated bowls and garnish each serving with I tablespoon chopped roasted peanuts, a dusting of paprika and/or chopped celery greens. You could even add a dollop of grape jelly for the youngest at the table for PBJ soup!
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3 Reviews

MenCanCook September 8, 2014
Glad I got to test this one, We LikeToCook! Hope you place well...
WeLike2Cook September 9, 2014
Thanks! I do too! What did you think of the soup?
MenCanCook September 9, 2014
Here's what I submitted after making it... "Good peanut soup...but not great. It's creamy but not as creamy as that I've had before at King's Arms Tavern in Williamsburg, VA. It may be that it's because the King's Arms uses flour.
The peanut taste is there, but almost too subtle.
I would rate this one as OK..." Sorry I couldn't be more positive but didn't mean to be too less than.