In my search for healthy recipes I came upon a recipe for African Stew with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes. After looking over the ingredients it seemed like an unusual combination but I was willing to give it a try. It was so delicious, very creamy and a perfect soup for a cold winter day.

African Stew with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes


2 medium onions, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 uncooked sweet potato, peeled and chopped into ½ inch cubes
2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper
4 cups, vegetable broth
6 Tbsp. peanut butter
8 cups baby spinach


Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add the onion and pepper and cook, stirring often until softened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the sweet potato, carrots, and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the ginger, cloves, salt and cayenne and cook for another 30 seconds. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Cover the saucepan and reduce the heat to low and simmer slowly, stirring ever so often, until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

Add the spinach and cook for another 10 minutes of so until the spinach is wilted. Serve. Makes about 6 servings.

Next time you’re looking for a delicious soup try this African Stew with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes, it’s a winner. The original recipe was found on the Weight Watchers site.

11 comments on “African Stew

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome on March 10, 2019 7:43 pm

Oh man this looks and sounds incredible! Pinned to try later – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope your week ahead is amazing!

Lisa Lombardo on March 11, 2019 5:53 pm

This looks really good, Nancy! I have sweet potatoes…and I think I could fudge a little and use some lambs quarters or nettles from our freezer since I don’t have spinach. 🙂

Nancy Wolff on March 11, 2019 8:26 pm

That would be a tasty substitution!

farmgal on March 11, 2019 6:09 pm

What a interesting looking soup, I can’t wait to try it.. Looks amazing, (and nice photos by the way!)

Nancy Wolff on March 11, 2019 8:26 pm

I’ve made this soup numerous times, last time I used VERY fresh ginger which really spiced up the soup! 🙂

Jennifer Cook on March 12, 2019 12:49 am

This is going in my recipes. Sounds quirky but hey, I have to try it now. Peanut butter? That part is intriguing to me. Thanks!

Nancy Wolff on March 12, 2019 3:08 pm

Peanut butter makes the recipe! 🙂

Tamara Reid on March 12, 2019 6:30 pm

Wow! This looks so tasty! Can’t wait to try it!

Joy on March 16, 2019 1:24 pm

I want to try this. This week! Sounds Yummy,thanks!

April J Harris on March 18, 2019 6:18 pm

I’m so intrigued by the flavours in this recipe, Nancy! It sounds delicious, and looks so colourful and comforting. Thank you so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there. Wishing you a lovely week!

Nancy Wolff on March 18, 2019 7:10 pm

Thanks for the feature April! We’ve really been enjoying this recipe, quite different but delicious!

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