Your cold-weather-comfort creamy butternut squash soup meets Asian spice. The Madras curry powder and coconut milk marry so well with the squash, you’ll wonder why this approach isn’t the norm. Pumpkin seed oil, a Central European delicacy, is viscous and brownish-red, with a concentrated, nutty flavor. Not cheap, but with an intense taste and color, pumpkin seed makes an excellent finishing oil.
- 2 large (approximately 5 cups) butternut squash, halved and seeded
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
- 6 shallots, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 14oz (400ml) can coconut milk
- pumpkin seed oil, to garnish
- spiced pecans, to garnish
- freshly-ground white pepper, to taste
- sea salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F.
1. Arrange the squash halves flesh side up on a baking sheet. Cover each half with about half a tablespoon of grape seed oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until soft and tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest.
2. In a large saucepan or dutch oven, add the remaining two tablespoons of grape seed oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the shallot and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.
3. Add the ginger and garlic and continue cooking until the shallot is starting to brown, another 2-3 minutes. Add the Madras curry powder and stir to infuse. Cook another 60 seconds.
4. Add the chicken stock to the pot. Scoop the flesh out of the squash and into the pot. Stir well.
5. Raise heat to high. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft and integrated. If the liquid gets perilously-low before the vegetables are soft, add more stock, a half cup at a time.
6. Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup.
7. Return to heat. Add the can of coconut milk. Bring to a simmer but do not boil. Cook, stirring frequently, for two more minutes to allow the flavors to integrate. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
8. Serve in warm soup bowels, garnished with a small handful of slight toasted pecans and a drizzling of pumpkin seed oil.
Remember to Nourish yourself with healthy comfort foods this cold-weather season! Share with a friend and enjoy! This is one you’re sure never to forget!