Simple Mushroom pepper soup, the perfect ” Soup of the day”. Pepper Soup is a light, broth like usually spicy soup and packed with loads of flavor. Enjoyed in west African countries like Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and more. The array of meats used for this is very vast and literally every cut of the animal can be used. With such versatility, you can build flavors with whatever you want, meat, poultry, seafood, you name it. Basil, ginger, garlic, onions, some hot peppers and other African spices will make your neighbor invite themselves over . Today I stumbled upon some beautiful Cremini and oyster mushrooms at our local market and decided to go the Vegan route. Lets just say it was a hit and a win win since my pescatarian husband could partake in the feast.
This is definitely a perfect starter course. Can be served with some fresh baked bread, or pieces of boiled plantains. Honestly, there was nothing like starter course growing up, my mom usually loaded my plate with enough of whatever was on the menu that day and called it good. Usually plantains and a huge bowl of goat meat pepper soup. So you can definitely make this a main course.
You can find a recipe for chicken pepper soup here. You’ll obviously need to alter cook times based on what meat you go with. Certain ingredient portions will change the consistency of the soup. A thicker soup will require a little more Njangsa, an oily seed that makes this dish uniquely African in a sense. You can find this at your local African store . However if you want a light , brothy soup like this one, you want to use Njangsa as a flavor enhance mainly. So it does not overpower the other flavors you’re working with.
Now how spicy can you get? As spicy as you want. Customarily , Scotch bonnet peppers and habaneros are typically used here, but anything that provides you with the heat level you seek is good enough. I would however avoid hot sauces of any kind because they will more than likely have other ingredients that might alter the flavors here.
Did I mention this is a one pot meal? No need to add this and that; then wait for this, before adding that, you get my point. Sometimes you just want to through everything, turn on the heat and wait for a steaming bowl in little to no time. Here is your chance for a quick , easy soup while you work on other things. Hope you get to try my easy Mushroom pepper soup and enjoy the wonderful flavors like we did.