Peanut soup is a signature Virginia specialty. Here, it's made even better with the addition of sweet potatoes.
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
1 small celery rib, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Chopped toasted peanuts
How to Make It
Melt butter in a large Dutch oven; add onion and next 3 ingredients, and sauté over medium heat 3 minutes. Add sweet potato cubes and chicken broth; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
Process mixture, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Return mixture to Dutch oven; whisk in half-and-half and creamy peanut butter. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes. Serve with Nutmeg-Molasses Cream and chopped toasted peanuts.