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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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This curried butternut squash soup recipe is rich, fragrant and nicely complemented by slices of crusty peasant bread. You can also use acorn squash in place of the butternut for this recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 butternut squash (4 3/4 pounds), halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, or more to taste

Preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a baking sheet. Place the butternut squash, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake for about 50 minutes, until the squash is very soft. Using a paring knife, remove the peel from the squash. Discard the peel, and cut the squash into 2-inch pieces.

2. In a large pot over medium-low heat, warm the oil. Add the onion, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook until the onion is softened, about 15 minutes. Add the squash and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

3. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and process in batches until smooth. Return the puree to the pot. Stir in the curry powder, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, thinning the soup with more broth if necessary. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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