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Curried Squash Soup with Frizzled Leeks


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Curried Squash Soup with Frizzled Leeks

Feel free to experiment and use any winter squash or a combination thereof for this delicious soup. Don’t be intimidated by the curry powder – even non-curry fans love this soup, with its subtle background flavors. Garnishing with frizzled leeks absolutely makes this soup and is worth the extra effort!


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6-8 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 4 leeks, pale green and white parts chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 8 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Heat the margarine in a large pot (at least 8-quart) over medium heat. Add chopped onion, leeks and salt. Sauté until softened and onions become translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add curry powder and cook for another minute. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for about 30 minutes, or until squash is soft. Remove from heat, cool slightly and puree with an immersion blender or transfer to food processor and puree in batches. Season to taste with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Serve topped with frizzled leeks (recipe to follow).

Frizzled Leeks
It is essential that one clean leeks well – they are full of grit and dirt! Once cleaned, dry well prior to frying. See below for cleaning options.

2 medium leeks, cut lengthwise, then crosswise into 2” very thin strips.
Canola or vegetable oil for frying.

Pour about ½” layer of oil in a large frying pan, and heat over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot (you can test this by throwing a chopped leek in the pan – if it sizzles upon contact, the oil is ready), add leeks and fry until golden. Remove with slotted spoon or spatula and drain on paper towels or brown paper.

2 options for cleaning:
• Once split lengthwise, swish and soak in cold water, running your finger down each layer to remove excess dirt OR
• Chop as described above, then soak all chopped leeks in water, swish and agitate and repeat a few times until water is clean.


About Naomi Ross


For Naomi Ross, her kitchen is her canvas.  As a kosher cooking instructor, food writer and recipe developer, Naomi strives to bring inspiration into the home kitchen, integrating cooking basics with a love of good food.  Naomi lives with her husband, four children and grandmother in Woodmere, NY.  She teaches regularly at the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts and the Kosher Culinary Institute of the Five Towns.  In addition, she gives group demonstrations and private lessons throughout the tri-state area.  To learn more check out her website: http://www.jewishcookingconcepts.com/index.php




2 Responses to Curried Squash Soup with Frizzled Leeks

  1. the leek garnish sounds so yum (and beautiful)!. i think im going to try it on a lot of things!

  2. Thanks! They are really good on soups, salads, etc. Enjoy!

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