Groundnut Soup (aka Skippy Soup or Peanut Soup)

January 5, 2008

I got this recipe from long-time friends the Krakes. They were missionaries in Ghana where they picked up this recipe. I’ve adapted it a teeny bit. I had a birthday/dinner bash and this soup was a hit.



The meat of 1 cooked chicken torn into bite sized pieces (rotisserie or cook your own)
2T butter
1-2 medium onions diced
3/4 t red pepper
2 T flour
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
2 qt (8 cups) chicken broth (homemade or store bought)
1 t minced ginger (or 1/2 t powdered)
1-2 t garlic
seasoning salt
1 16oz jar peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
2 carrots peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick (in a pinch I’ve used a can of carrots)
3 zucchini sliced 1/2 inch thick

In large stockpot, melt butter and saute onions over medium heat until translucent (about 5-7 minutes).

Add to the onions – red pepper, flour, garlic and ginger to make a paste. Cook one minute stirring constantly.

Add tomato sauce and broth – bring to simmer.

Add peanut butter and seasonings.

Once incorporated, add carrots and zucchini.

Add chicken and allow to simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes.

Serve hot – with chopped peanuts for garnish. Can also be served over rice.


This soup will thicken more and more as it sits on the stove. When reheated the next day it is really thick – and is excellent over rice. You may thin it with some chicken stock.

The original recipe did not call for vegetables – though I remember it having ocra in it. I chose carrots and zucchini – thought they were perfect in it. Other similar recipes sometimes call for bell peppers and sweet potatoes.

Final note – a “ground nut” is another name for a peanut – which grows in the ground.



  1. Is this kind of like the peanut sauce over satay?

  2. Well. . . if you enjoy the peanut sauce that comes with satay – you’d LOVE this soup. When you first make it – it’s more soup-ish. Leftovers do have a peanut sauce kind of consistency – but eating it isn’t like eating spoonfuls of satay peanut sauce. Make sense?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: