Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ladle Up Some Curry...Butternut Style

An absolute favorite winter vegetable of mine is butternut squash. It's golden flesh just begs to be blended with savory flavors! When the mood strikes I may combine it with sage and chopped pancetta.....apples and maple.....rosemary and garlic.....or CURRY! Slicing and dicing a butternut squash can be a challenge without a little muscle behind it, but now you can find cubed butternut squash in the refrigerator section of many grocery stores. Inspired by the clouds rolling in overhead I feel the need for a warm bowl of soup! Let me know what you think!
Vegetarian or Not Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 box vegetable or chicken broth
1 onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. curry powder
½ cup coconut milk, freeze remainder in ice cube trays for later use
¼ cup cilantro or Basil to finish
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sauté carrots and onion in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add butternut squash and garlic and sauté for an addition 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and add curry powder. Simmer for 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Either in a blender or with a blending tool purée soup. Stir in coconut milk, season with S&P, and serve with fresh herbs on top. Enjoy!

Soup can be prepared in a crockpot for 6-8 hours on low. Add coconut milk right before serving.

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