Curry Peanut Soup

Adapted from Southern Living

Makes 6 cups

2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons curry flour
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 ½ cups vegetable broth
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups half & half

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and celery, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour, curry powder, and red pepper flakes. Stirring constantly, cook for 1 minute more. Add broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in peanut butter and half and half. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Using a hand blender, blend mixture in pot until smooth. If you don’t have a hand blender, you can also transfer the soup in small batches to a normal blender and then return to the pot.