Recipe of the week: Thai style pumpkin squash soup

Recipe of the week: Thai style pumpkin squash soup

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Fall is excessive season for conventional squash and pumpkin soups, however we prefer to take it in a special route with some traditional Thai flavors that basically pop. Thai and Asian delicacies is thought for balancing candy, salty, bitter and spicy flavors in the identical dish and this flavorful bisque does simply that. To make this straightforward recipe, you’ll want a heavy inventory pot or Dutch oven, roasting pan and a meals processor or blender.

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This straightforward recipe makes use of 4 sorts of winter squash (butternut, acorn, delicata and sugar pumpkin) to offer an earthy, umami base for the soup. Many creamy pumpkin soups begin with sautéeing the squash; nevertheless, you could discover that roasting it as a substitute, intensifies the flavors. It additionally occurs to be a neater technique. As a substitute of peeling, chopping and sautéeing, you merely halve the squash, take away the seeds and roast till tender. Whereas the squash roasts, you sauté the remainder of the greens with aromatics like recent ginger, spicy purple chilies, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, a touch of cinnamon and allspice mix for a tongue tingling mix. The general impact is spicy, however not fiery.

Maple syrup and unsweetened applesauce add a little bit of (unconventional) sweetness to the soup and canned coconut milk (not cream of coconut) provides it an Asian bent. Freshly squeezed lime juice provides the luxurious mix a tangy, vigorous end.

In terms of Thai delicacies, don’t overlook the garnish. No, not an orchid; as a substitute attempt a smatter of recent cilantro, toasted pepita seeds, thinly sliced purple chilies and a drizzle of reserved coconut milk. Collectively, they add texture, splashes of colour, and make this velvety soup much more inviting.

Elements

Tartar

1 pound delicata squash
1 pound acorn squash
1 pound butternut squash
1 can pumpkin puree or 1 pound entire sugar pumpkin
2 tablespoons olive oil divided
1 giant onion roughly chopped.
1 teaspoon cinnamon
half of teaspoon allspice
half of teaspoon floor coriander
1/four teaspoon turmeric
1/four teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon recent ginger grated
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth (can use low sodium hen broth)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk not “gentle” (reserve about 1/four cup for garnish if desired.)
three tablespoons maple syrup
1 lime juiced

Garnishes

Lime wedges
Cilantro leaves
Drizzle of coconut milk
Crimson chilies thinly sliced
Salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Reduce the squash in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Discard seeds. Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil over the reduce a part of the squash and place reduce aspect down on the baking sheet. Roast within the oven for 45-60 minutes or till squash is sort of delicate.

Whereas the squash is roasting, warmth a medium skillet over medium warmth. Add the olive oil and the chopped onion. Prepare dinner till the onion is softened and translucent. Add the ginger, cinnamon, allspice, turmeric, coriander, cayenne pepper and kosher salt and prepare dinner for a minute, stirring sometimes to deliver out the flavors and aromas of the spices.

Take away the roasted squash from oven and let cool till you possibly can safely deal with the squash. Scoop the flesh from every of the squash into a big pot or Dutch oven, discarding the skins and stems.

Add the pumpkin puree and onion combination to the roasted squash. Pour the vegetable broth over the squash and stir to mix. Warmth to a boil then cut back warmth to medium, cowl and simmer for 10 minutes. Take away the soup from the warmth. Stir within the applesauce.

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender, being cautious to not fill the container greater than half full, to keep away from scalding splatters and burns. (You may as well use a stick blender and puree the soup within the pot.)

Return the squash soup to the pot and stir within the coconut milk, lime juice and maple syrup. Style for seasonings and alter to your tastes.

Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of pepitas, recent cilantro, purple chilies, a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of coconut milk. Take pleasure in!

Thanks to Lisa Lotts from Garlic & Zest for the recipe.

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