Recently, a friend was looking through my blog and commented, “You must really like peanut butter.”
“Yup,” I replied. “How’d you guess?”
“You have a lot of recipes with it.”
“Yes, I do. In fact, the very first recipe I posted was with peanut butter,” I say as I recall several others including the Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, Banana Peanutty Pancakes, and PB&J Thumbprint Cookies. Wait, I only have three recipes with this heavenly ingredient? That has got to change.
So here’s one more. Your welcome, Shoshana (although you do not like peanut butter… How dare you.)
At home, my parents are well aware of my PB fetish. I often hear them say something to the effect of: “You are eating peanut butter with WHAT?”
What can I say? It’s a versatile food, the perfect companion to almost any fruit, and brings the euphoria of chocolate to an optimal level.
This was my parent’s reaction to this recipe:
“I tasted the soup,” my mother says. “What’s in it?”
I grin. “Guess.”
“It’s not peanut butter is it?”
“Peanut butter in soup?” That was my father, who actually does like peanut butter. “You’ve really done it this time.”
“Peanut butter is soup is a legitimate thing!” I protest. Honestly, people. Google it if you don’t believe me.
After this conversation, I decided to text my friend, Dev, who enjoys PB as much as I do for some moral support.
Me: I made peanut butter soup.
Dev: OMG TELL ME HOW TO DO THAT!!!!!
Finally, someone who understands the beauty and delight of this spread.
Me: It’s coming out on my blog.
Dev: Yay!! So excited!! That sounds so coooool
For all of those sceptics out there, Dev believes in this recipe so you should too. And she is not the gullible type. She does not believe in the tooth fairy (due to a disappointing night of sleeping on her tooth and not receiving any money in return.) She also does not believe in ghosts, except at 4 am, which is perfectly natural since that the ghosts’ primary haunting time. She does not believe in vampires either, at least she didn’t until she woke up one morning with weird marks on her arms, specifically around her veins. That is where vampires bite when they want to drink blood, but do not want to make their victim a vampire as well. Dev was this close to becoming a vampire, but the peanut butter in her system saved her. Now, don’t give your computer/phone screen that sceptical look; of course, it was the peanut butter! That’s another reason for you to make this recipe.
*Note to viewer: In case you are wondering how I know all about this about Dev, one reason could be because we are such good friends I know everything about her. But that is not the correct reason. I just asked her.
**Note to viewer: Beware of having a friend or family member that is a blogger. Everything you say or do can be posted and used against you.
***Note to viewer: I did ask Dev if I can quote her and she agreed. In fact, she felt honoured. Well, anything for a good friend and fellow PB lover. You are famous now. Your welcome.
Enjoy the soup, Dev, and the rest of you as well!
Peanut Butternut Soup
- 1 butternut squash
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 onion
- 1-2 tbsp olive or peanut oil
- 4 peeled tomatoes (canned is fine)
- 1 tsp of:
- 5-6 cups of water
- Dice the onion and sautee it with the oil in a large pot until golden.
- Peel the squash and chop it into 1-inch cubes.
- Deseed the jalapeno pepper and cut into small pieces.
- Add the squash and pepper into the pot along with the peanut butter, tomatoes, spices, and water.
- Bring the pot to a boil and then simmer on medium-low for 1-2 hours, or until the squash becomes soft enough to mash against the side of the pot.
- Puree the soup. Adjust the spices or add water if desired.
- Serve hot.