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Roasted Butternut Squash & Curry Soup

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4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients

Crispy Curry Chickpea Croutons

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree

Soup

Instructions

First, make the crispy curry chickpea croutons

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn your oven fan on.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the chickpeas on top and spread them flat.
  • Add the oil and spices, and use spoons to mix and roll all the chickpeas around, so they are evenly coated in the spices. Make sure the chickpeas are flat in a single layer before putting into the oven, on the top rack.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, carefully shake the pan or use tongs to move the chickpeas around, and then continue baking for another 20 minutes or so, until crisp.

Next, make the roasted butternut squash puree

  • Line another baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the butternut squash cubes on the pan, and toss with a couple teaspoons of oil, then lay out flat, and cook in the oven on the bottom rack for 20 minutes.
  • When it's done, weigh out 16 oz of squash, and puree it in a blender. If you have a larger squash and have leftover cubes, you can reserve the rest for other uses.

To make the soup

  • Chop 1 cup of onion, 2 cloves of garlic, and a 1-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger.
  • Heat a large stockpot over medium heat, then add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • When hot, add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, careful not to burn.
  • Add one can of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of curry paste, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, and the butternut squash puree. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Add salt.
  • Next, carefully pour the soup into a blender, and blend until a uniform creamy texture is achieved. Taste, and add more salt if needed, then blend again.
  • To serve, top with your favorite garnishes.

Recipe Notes

To save time, you can use 16 oz of frozen or pre-chopped butternut squash instead of a whole butternut squash.
Don't throw away your butternut squash seeds! They are delicious roasted: Set the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the seeds on top. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil, and a small pinch of whatever spices you like and have on hand, such as pink salt, garlic powder, chile powder, cumin, paprika, smoked paprika, turmeric, etc.

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