I had the uncommon pleasure of a lunchtime visit this week from an out-of-town childhood friend whom I don’t get to see very often.
Since I knew that we were heading out for dinner later in the evening, and since we’ve never been ones to deprive ourselves on such occasions, I decided to keep lunch on the lighter side opting for a warming, full-flavoured seasonal soup. (We also enjoyed a simple salad which, at my guest’s request, I will be featuring on the blog sometime in the not-so-distant future).
I made this soup the day before our visit, and while the squash was roasting in the oven, I busied myself with other kitchen chores. I like to set it up that way so that I don’t feel like I’m waiting on the oven. I especially like to roast vegetables in the morning while I’m in the kitchen preparing breakfasts and lunches for the boys before they head off to school.
You can easily double the quantity of this soup and freeze some for later use. You can also, as always, modify the ingredients as you see fit.
Roasted Butternut Squash & Coconut Curry Soup with Cinnamon Toasted Seeds
- 1 large butternut squash, cut into large segments
- 2 large yellow onions, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp curry powder or to taste
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 knob of ginger, fresh grated (about 2 heaping Tbsp)
- 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
If after puréeing, you find the soup too thick, you can simply add additional stock or coconut milk to achieve desired consistency.
You can substitute 1 tsp of brown sugar for the banana if preferred, although the banana flavour is quite mild amidst the other flavours and lends a wonderful natural sweetness to the soup.
Heat oven to 375 F.
Remove seed section from the interior of the squash pieces and separate seeds from stringy pulp attached to them (rinsing pulp off seeds if necessary).
Discard stringy pulp and spread seeds out on a paper towel to dry somewhat.
Place squash pieces on a foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle squash pieces with a touch of cinnamon and place in the oven for approximately 1 hour or until squash pieces are tender and have begun to acquire a nice roasted colour (brown around the edges).