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Pumpkin Leaves (Ugu) Soup

Pumpkin Leaves (Ugu) Soup - hearty, healthy soup with smoked meat that taste so sensational. Best paired with fufu, plantains or with rice.
Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5 -6
Calories 317kcal
Author Imma


  • 8 ounce (1 cup) Groundnuts/Peanuts (Skinless)
  • ¾ - 1 pound assorted meat (Beef, smoked chicken, stock fish)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 large Onion , sliced
  • ½ cup Crayfish ,ground
  • 1 Tablespoon Maggi , Bouillon optional
  • 1 pound (or more) pumpkin leaves , Spinach blanched
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pan, season meat with salt, maggi and onions and boil until tender depending on the choice of meat. Meanwhile, boil stock- fish with salt and water; add it to the boiled meat. You should have about 3 cups of stock from the meat and stock- fish. Reserve the rest or freeze it.
  • Boil peanuts for about 10 minutes in a saucepan. Let it cool.
  • Blend/pulse peanuts, ½ onions , and garlic a food processor or blender into fine consistency use water to facilitate the blending.
  • Place oil in a large saucepan and heat over medium heat. Add remaining onions, sweat – for about 2 minutes, followed by crayfish, tomatoes, beef and stock fish. Let it simmer for about 5 more minutes- add stock as needed
  • Pour the peanut mixture into the pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently to prevent burns- add stock as needed. Season with salt and Maggi. You might have to add more later
  • Add the pumpkin leaves or spinach to the pot. Stir and Simmer for several minutes more. Adjust for seasonings and soup thickness.
  • Stir for a few minutes and serve hot with any of the sides mentioned above.


If you using fresh pumpkins , cut the leaves and soft stems. Discard the hard stem and flowers
Slice pumpkin leaves.
Bring water to a boil add sliced leaves and leave for about 2-3 minutes , remove place in ice water , drain out the water when cool. Remove squeeze out water from the leaves and set aside


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 947mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2185IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 4.3mg