January 20th 2011

Mmm, squash.

Get it before it’s gone, folks. It’s still winter squash season, with it’s vitamin A-rich hue and sweet, savory flavour.

Instead of roasting it as a side dish, doused with freshly ground pepper, drizzled with butter, and schmeared with roasted garlic–which is, I have to say, delicious–try this warming, Thai-inspired soup instead.

Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Soup

So simple, so delicious. Roast the squash in advance for a soup that comes together in under half an hour. If you love spicy foods, add as much curry paste as you can handle.

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) canola or olive oil

2 small onions, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) finely chopped fresh ginger

2 medium butternut squash, roasted, peeled and seeded

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) red curry paste

1 tsp (5 ml) sea salt, plus more to taste

4 to 6 cups (960 to 1440 ml) water

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) pure maple syrup

1 14 ounce (398 ml) can lite organic coconut milk

Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onions and cook until softened, about five minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and let cook an additional one to two minutes, until fragrant.

Scoop the butternut squash into the pot. Stir to mix with the onion mixture, mixing well. Stir in the curry paste, salt, and top with water. Mix well until the curry paste has dissolved. You want just enough water to not quite cover the squash. Add the maple syrup. Mix well. Mash with a fork until almost smooth.

Cover and let simmer about 15 minutes. Remove lid and add the coconut milk. Using an immersion blender, insert the blender and puree until smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer batches of the soup into a blender or food processor (tip: leave the lid ajar to prevent the heat from breaking the glass or plastic). Season with salt to taste. Add additional curry paste if you like it really spicy.

Serves six.

(Recipe (c) Laurie Sadowski)

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.