Help strengthen your body while enjoying a rich flavorful dish in this Light Squash Soup with Vadouvan Spice recipe. Not only does it give a lot of health benefits, it's rich in flavor and aroma too!
- 1 1/2 pounds winter squash (finished weight), peeled, seeded and cut into about 1 inch cubes. (Butternut squash is always good, but so are other winter squashes. Pictured are Sweet Dumpling and Golden Acorn squash — they were delicious in the soup.)
- 2 large shallots, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
- 1/4 cup Vadouvan spice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 cups water (or more)
- salt and pepper
- Peel, seed and cube the squash into about 1-inch pieces. (They can be very irregular — the soup is pureed.) You should end up with about 3 1/2 cups. Peeling squash with a vegetable peeler is a time-consuming chore. Instead, I quarter the squash lengthwise and then use a sharp knife to cut away the skin, preserving as much flesh as I can (the squash’s that is, not mine), but I don’t worry about getting every little bit.
- Cook the shallots, celery, tomatoes, bay leaf (and, if using, thyme) in the oil in a heavy pot over low heat until softened, about 8 minutes.
- Add squash, water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and Vadouvan.
- Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Then, reduce head to medium low and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 25 minutes.
- Remove bay (and thyme, if using) and puree the soup until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender (which I strongly recommend for this type of thing), puree the soup in batches in a regular blender. When pureeing hot liquids in a blender, take great care not to burn yourself: never fill the container more than half way, don’t seal it closed (either remove the plug in the lid or leave the lid slightly ajar), cover the top with a kitchen towel and turn away to protect your eyes and face. Return the soup to the pot, thin with water, if desired, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Photo Credit to: Domesticdaddy