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Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Soup

 

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Recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Soup

I like incorporating simanim into my Rosh HaShanah meals. This soup includes three of them: squash, dates and pomegranates. I was inspired by a Sephardi baked squash recipe but wanted to make a soup. The coconut milk gives it sort of an exotic feel. It's rich without being heavy and it's gluten-free and vegan.

Times

  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 1 hour, 30 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 40 min

Servings

at least 8 people People

Ingredients

  • 2 whole medium-sized butternut squash
  • 2 whole red onions, chopped
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup date syrup to taste depending on sweetness
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses optional and to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 32 ounce box unsweetened coconut milk I used
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place on sheet and bake for an hour until they are soft and the skin appears lightly browned and carmelized. When they are cool enough to handle cut them in half, scoop out seeds and peel them. Mash the flesh in a soup pot. Set aside.
While the squash is roasting, spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. You could also use olive oil, which adds to the flavor if you prefer. When the pan in hot but not smoking, add the chopped red onion. Let the onion sweat and cook until it begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until it just begins to color, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Set the soup pot over a medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions to the squash in the soup pot. Mix thoroughly. Then add in the cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, date syrup and pomegranate molasses if using. Add the brown sugar if you’d like additional sweetness. Taste to adjust spices/sweetness to your taste. Stir well. Next, slowly add in the coconut milk and whisk to combine. Bring soup to boil then reduce heat to simmer, 15 minutes.
If you prefer a more consistent texture, use an immersion blender to puree right in the soup pot.

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