Peanuts have been used for more than peanut butter in countless cuisines around the world, like the all-famous Thai peanut sauce. In West Africa, ground peanuts are used to make Peanut Soup, also called Groundnut Soup, a rich and savory peanut soup that’s creamy and has just a touch of sweetness. Even though it’s delicious in a steaming bowl all on its own, African peanut soup is one of my favorites to use in new and exciting ways.
Step Up Your Sauce Game With Peanut Soup
One of the best ways to revamp any of our soups and add a little bit of creativity to your dinnertime routine is to use them as a sauce! That’s exactly what I did with this Peanut Soup Egg Noodles with Shrimp recipe.
By using my Peanut Soup as a sauce for the noodles with shrimp, not only do you keep your ingredients list down, but your meal also comes together in no time. All while maintaining that irresistible flavor.
Familiar Flavors From Different Countries
You might be thinking that you’ve seen some sort of dish like this before, a noodle dish doused in a creamy and delicious peanut-flavored sauce. You would be right! Peanut sauces are popular throughout Thai cuisine, even though the Asian-flavored varieties actually originated in Indonesia.
In Thai cuisine, it’s a quick and easy sauce that can be used as a dipping sauce, as a dressing, or to toss noodles and make something closer to Pad Thai. Groundnut soup is a traditional dish in West Africa that incorporates peanuts, turning them, in this case, into a stew. Because of the similarities in base ingredients (mainly, peanuts!) I knew my African peanut soup would be a great option to make something just a little reminiscent of a Thai favorite.
If you want to make this dish shine with a few more classic Asian flavors, go ahead! You can add some soy sauce, ginger, lemongrass, and coconut milk, and you’ll pull this recipe closer to a familiar Pad Thai. My Groundnut Soup will still get you from start to finish in no time!
What You Need for This Peanut Butter Egg Noodles Recipe
This recipe really only calls for about eight ingredients, a few of which you definitely already have at home – oil, salt, and pepper. Other than that, it’s just a few things you should be able to pick up at nearly any grocery store, plus our Groundnut Soup!
Once you have all your ingredients, it’s just a matter of putting it all together in your pan and letting the flavors blend for a simmering hot, delicious dinner.
Timing & Servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
10 pieces of shrimp
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of salt
1 jar of Egunsifood’s Groundnut Soup
2 cups of egg noodles
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish
1 tsp. crushed peanuts, for garnish
- Clean your shrimp, if you didn’t buy them already cleaned. Peel and devein them, but leave on the tails (this will help add a little extra flavor to the dish).
- Add your cleaned shrimp to a bowl with the minced garlic, half the oil, freshly ground black pepper, and salt. Toss to coat.
- Heat the rest of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the shrimp until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. They should be pink and opaque when done. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- Into the same skillet, pour Egunsifood’s Groundnut Soup. Allow to simmer until it has reduced by about a quarter and has begun to thicken.
- Meanwhile, cook your egg noodles according to package directions. Cook them just short of al dente, since they’ll continue to cook in the sauce for a few minutes.
- When your noodles are done, add them to the thickened Groundnut Soup and stir to coat. Allow to simmer for another 5 minutes or so.
- Add the shrimp back into the skillet, and toss everything together.
- Portion into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley and crushed peanuts. Enjoy!