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Peanut Soup (VRP 400)

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Embrace the unexpected with this Peanut Soup recipe, a surprisingly delightful blend of savory and nutty flavors. While peanut soup may not be a staple in every kitchen, it’s a traditional dish in parts of the Southern United States and various cultures around the world. This rich, creamy soup offers a comforting warmth, making it an excellent choice for chilly days or as a special starter for a cozy dinner.

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Peanut Soup

A Short History:

  • Origins of Peanut Soup: Peanuts, originally from South America, have been used in African and Asian cuisines for centuries. The introduction of peanuts to North America led to innovative dishes, including peanut soup.
  • Southern Cuisine: Peanut soup became a part of Southern American cuisine, particularly in Virginia, where peanuts are abundantly grown.
  • Global Influence: Similar dishes can be found in African and Asian cuisines, showcasing the versatility of peanuts in savory dishes.


  • Pre-Columbian Era: Peanuts are cultivated and used by ancient South American civilizations.
  • 1700s: Peanuts are introduced to North America and become a crop in the Southern states.
  • Present Day: Peanut soup is enjoyed as a traditional dish in the Southern United States and by people around the world exploring unique culinary delights.

Tips for Making Peanut Soup:

  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality chicken broth and fresh peanut butter for the best flavor.
  • Creamy Consistency: For a smoother soup, consider blending the sautéed onions and celery with some broth before adding it to the soup.
  • Adjust to Taste: Feel free to adjust the amount of peanut butter to your preference for a lighter or richer soup.
  • Garnish: The ground peanuts added just before serving provide a delightful crunch. Garnishing with a drizzle of cream or a sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs can also enhance the soup’s presentation and flavor.
  • Pairing: Serve peanut soup with crusty bread or a light salad for a satisfying meal.

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Vintage Recipe Box 400 comes to us from Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

It is a large white metal box that measures 12” D x 5.5” W x 4” H with a metal tag that says “American Home Menu Maker.” According to my research, the box was sold in multiple colors for $1 and included 212 “basic recipes” for an additional $.50. (See the image below that is an order form to purchase the box.)

At this time we do not know anything about the history of the box.

We do show that this box came to us with another box but at this time we are not sure if they were owned by the same person or the eBay seller grouped them together.

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Peanut Soup Recipe

Peanut Soup stands out as a distinctive and satisfying dish that marries the richness of peanut butter with the depth of chicken broth and the freshness of lemon juice. Whether you’re a fan of peanuts or looking for something different to try, this soup is sure to surprise and comfort in equal measure. Embrace the nutty goodness of peanut soup and let it warm your heart and your taste buds.

Peanut Soup

Peanut Soup (VRP 400)


  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pint peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground peanuts
  • 1/3 teaspon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Saute onions and celery in butter (do not brown)
  2. Add flour and broth and cook for 30 minutes
  3. Strain above
  4. Add peanut butter, celery salt, salt, and lemon juice
  5. Sprinkle ground peanuts over each top just before serving.

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