Saturday, October 27, 2007

curried squash soup

This is my all-time favourite soup, and is perfect for this time of year. It's from Vegetarian Comfort Food by Jennifer Warren.

Curried Squash Soup

This soup is uncomplicated, but the earthy squash and curry seasonings make for a rich, elegant flavour. Beautiful with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt floating on top. Serves 6.

1 tbsp. butter
2 large onions, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 6 cups)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
6 cups vegetable stock
sour crem or yogurt for garnish

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and carrot, and saute for 5 minutes, adding a little stock if onions start to brown.

Stir in the curry powder and cumin, and saute, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes. Add the squash, bay leaf, salt, and 1 cup of stock. Simmer, partially covered, for about 15 minutes, or until the squash is completely soft.

Add the remaining stock and simmer gently, partially covered, for 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and transfer the soup to a food processor or blender - you will need to do this in two batches so as not to make a mess. Puree until completely smooth. (OK, I'm adding a tip - a stick blender works perfectly for this step!)

Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt in the center of each portion.

Edited to add: Oops, I forgot to mention Stefani's Season of Soup fantabulous soup list! Check it out!


egassner said...

Ohh....This does sounds delish! I will have to try it this week. We have about a dozen squashs on the vine right we'll be eating it A LOT! lol
I also was wonderinf if you could help me with something....My Mom's husband has been loosing his vision over the last few years (glascouma and something I cannot recall at the moment) and was wondering if you had any suggestions for books on learing braille. You can email me at too.

egassner said...

I really should proof read before posting. Lol. Sorry!