For peanut lovers, this soup is a knockout.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 red pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
¼ cup rice
4 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup chopped canned tomatoes with juice
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
Salt and black pepper to taste
½ cup chunky peanut butter
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or ¼ teaspoon dried
Heat oil in soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, peppers and garlic and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add rice, stock and tomatoes with juice, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
Simmer for 45 minutes or until rice is soft. Whisk in peanut butter until well blended. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls. Sprinkle each bowl with thyme.