Friday, July 23, 2010

D-Feast Friday: Kelly's Kick Ass Squash, Sage & Curry Soup

As part of D-Feast Friday, here's my fantastical soup recipe~

I love to cook- always have. I especially like making soups and sauces - and I'm good at making them - references available upon request.
I find making soups relaxing and a great way to clear my mind and make something tasty in the process. Not to mention the fact that it's a great way to clean your fridge out, but I digress~
I combined the best of multiple squash soup recipes and  added my curry mixture, veggie stock, extra garlic and Sriracha. 
Most squash soup recipes have an ungodly amount of salt. I use sea salt and only to taste. Keep in mind, celery adds salt flavor naturally and Sea Salt is yummy, mimics the sodium in our own bodies and IMO, tastes better than table salt.
On occasion I also add a few drops of Sriracha Sauce, but only a tiny bit- that stuff is SO SPICY and not for those with a fear of Chili peppers.

Butternut Squash Soup with Sage & Curry

One 3-pound butternut squash—peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes (5 to 6 cups)
I HIGHLY suggest you buy the squash pre-cut because Butternut squash is a BITCH to dice and slice - Seriously, you're going to need a sawzaw if you don't buy your squash precut.
3 tablespoons olive oil - I prefer extra virgin.
Sea Salt to taste
I add my own spice mixture of homemade curry - Use regular curry powder or just mix = parts coriander, turmeric, cumin& paprika. Shake it up like crazy and you have your own curry mix - not spicy at all, but SO TASTY.
Add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon butter 1 large yellow onion, diced (about 1 1⁄2 cups)
3 stalks of celery, chopped (about 1 1⁄2 cups)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage ( I use dried sage)
6 cups VEGGIE STOCK- so much more tasty than chicken stock
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Sage and Parmesan Croutons

Preheat oven to 400° F.

In a large bowl, toss the squash & garlic with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil,salt to taste, and 1 tablespoon or more of Curry mix.

Place the squash & garlic on a rimmed baking sheet and roast in oven for 15 minutes. Turn the cubes over and continue roasting for 15 minutes or until they are caramelized and smell all sorts of tasty.

While the squash and garlic are roasting, you can start working on the onions, celery, onions and sage mixture.
In a Dutch oven or a large stockpot, heat the butter and the remaining oil(and some curry) over medium heat.
Add the onion, celery, and sage and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are translucent and tender, 10 minutes.

Add the squash, broth, some curry mix (it's up to you how much,) the remaining salt and bring to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the liquid is flavorful.
Remove from heat.

Using an emulsifier if you have one, and if you don't go get one NOW, because it's awesome for soups and sauces and you won't have to take the mixture out of the pot in order to blend.
If no emulsifier is available, use a blender or a food processor and blend the soup in batches until smooth.
Top with Sage and Parmesan Croutons and the grated Parmesan
All photos courtesy of my iPhone. Pottery courtesy of my friend, Potter Sue Van Duyne
Soup sans croutons & cheese- still delicious!
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
NUTRITION PER SERVING CALORIES 298(51% from fat); FAT 17g (sat 4g); PROTEIN 8mg; CHOLESTEROL 11mg; CALCIUM 201mg; SODIUM Not sure because I only sea salt sparingly and not the massive amount the original recipe called for; FIBER 5g; CARBOHYDRATE 31g.

DAIRY FREE - if you don't use cheese


a visual tinkle said...

YUMMY! I make one very similar that I love.

Rachel said...

Another d-feast soup that looks sooo good to this non-soup eater!

Scully said...

I am known for my soups and my favourite soup is butternut squash. This curry thing looks AMAZING and I am definitely going to try it and add it to my recipe box no doubt.

Anonymous said...

Looks good. I think I need an emulsifier. You said so, so now I can justify buying one. Which will of course lead me to making more soups and things I do not want to blend in batches, so thanks!


Meri said...

You are speaking directly to my heart, curry and squash? Two of my favorite things ever! YUM!

Sherry said...

THAT looks freakin' AWE-SOME! I love making soups too! And you're right. It is a good way to use up odds n' ends in the fridge. Butternut squash is one of my favourite squashes. I will make this soup! ~YUMMMM!

Karen said...

Mmmmm, this does sound and look Kick Ass!!! Mmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Would you mind packaging and selling this ? ;-) It looks scrumptious!


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