You think I might be kidding... but I made this soup twice last week! I've been trying to make more soups and cook vegetarian dinners four times a week, so that might be part of what made this recipe so perfect for us. I think also that the additions of garam marsala (a classic Indian spice blend)*, yogurt, and lime hit the spot for Elliott and me... and Lena too, who is learning to eat her curries along with us.
And of course, the perfect side for a hearty soup is always warm whole wheat biscuits drizzled with honey... yum!
Butternut Squash Soup
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks
- 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced celery (halve lengthwise then slice crosswise)
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. garam masala (see below for my recipe)
- 5 cups homemade vegetable broth or low-salt chicken broth
- 3 Tbs. apple cider
- 2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice (equivalent to 4 cups when diced)
- 1/4 cup thick whole-milk yogurt, preferably Greek
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- In a 4- to 5-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium-low heat. When hot, add the shallots, leeks, celery, garlic, and a pinch of kosher salt. Stir well, cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the aromatics are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in 1 tsp. kosher salt and the garam masala.
- Add the butternut squash, vegetable broth, and cider, stir well, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very tender and the soup is full-flavored, 7 to 20 minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat and let the soup cool for 5 minutes.
- Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender (fill the jar no more than half full and vent the lid, topping it with a folded kitchen towel to prevent hot splashes). Wipe the pan clean and put the soup back into the pan.
- Add the yogurt and 1/2 tsp. of the lime juice. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings with more salt, pepper, or lime juice as needed.
- Ladle into 8 soup bowls and garnish each serving with 1 to 2 tsp. chopped cilantro.
*Our commissary (military grocery store) here in Sicily doesn't carry garam marsala, so I looked up recipes and made my own mix from spices I already had. I've included the recipe I used and enjoyed below.
original recipe from AllRecipes.com
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg