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West African Harvest Stew Recipe


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Sep 28, 2020
This diasporic African fusion recipe puts a spin on Maafe or Groundnut Soup and packs in the veggies for Autumn.

Groundnut or Peanut Butter Soup is a staple across West Africa. Called Mafe in Senegal, and Omisagwe in Edo State, Nigeria it's a creamy pot of deliciousness with a little kick. This recipe takes groundnut soup and adds in some fresh vegetables from the autumn harvest season of the northern hemisphere (mainly sweet potatoes, corn, and squash) to make a Harvest spin on a West African classic. This recipe serves 8 people but is also great for leftovers. Enjoy and let us know how it went.


1. 1 Tbsp. olive or canola oil
2. 4-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced 
3. 1 large onion, chopped
4. 5 cloves garlic, minced
5. 1 teaspoon dried thyme 
6. 1 teaspoon cumin powder
7. 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 
8. 11/2 cup chopped tomatoes - canned or fresh is ok
9. 6 cups broth (chicken, veggie, or water)
10. 1 large sweet potato - peeled and chopped into ~1/2 pieces 
11. 1 large butternut, acorn, or other squash - peel, seed, cut into chunks 
12. 6-10 cups chopped raw dark greens [kale, collards, spinach]
13. 2 cups fresh corn cut off the cob
14. 1 cup black eyed peas (or other legume)
15. 2 cups peanut butter (unsweetened, organic is best but not required)
16. 1 small can tomato paste 
17. Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste


1. Heat oil in large soup pot
2. Sauté onion and garlic for a few minutes - be careful not to burn the garlic
3. Add ginger, thyme, cumin, black pepper, red pepper, and sauté a few minutes more
4. Put peanut butter into a small bowl, add a little broth to thin and then stir into pot
5. Add tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, cooked beans and enough broth to cover......bring to boil, stir, then simmer gently about 20-30 minutes until veggies are soft.
6. Add greens and corn and cook until all ingredients are done (do not overcook the greens)
7. Add tomato paste, cook on low to reduce to desired thickness.
8. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to your liking
9. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, parsley, or green onions 

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