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Williamsburg’s Peanut Soup

Williamsburg Peanut SoupOne of the most popular recipes at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kings Arm’s Tavern is the Cream of Peanut Soup.  This authentic soup has been served to presidents and dignitaries from around the world and is a favorite of visitors and guests.

Now you cam make this special dish at home with the recipe below, shared by Colonial Williamsburg.

Serves 10-12


  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock* (or low-salt canned chicken stock)
  • 2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1 ¾ cups light cream or half-and-half
  • Finely chopped salted peanuts, for garnish


Melt butter in a large put or dutch oven over medium heat,  once melted add celery and onion and cook until soft.  Stirring often this should take 3-5 minutes.

Stir in flour and for two additional minutes.

Pour in the chicken stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until slightly reduced and thickened, about 15 minutes. Pour into a sieve set over a large bowl and strain, pushing hard on the solids to extract as much flavor as possible. Return the liquid to the sauce pan or pot.

Whisk the peanut butter and the cream into the liquid. Warm over low heat, whisking often, for about five minutes. Do not boil.

Serve warm, garnished with the chopped peanuts.

To learn more about Colonial Williamsburg and its historic taverns visit Williamsburg


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