The best thing about this soup is how versatile the recipe can be. If you aren’t a big curry or turmeric fan you can leave them out entirely; the soup is still delicious, just a lighter taste. We eat soup for breakfast a lot in the winter and this one is my favorite. (If I am making it for breakfast I do not add the curry.) Play around with the optional garnishes and see what suits you or your family members most. It will thicken overnight so if you plan on having some tomorrow make it a bit thinner.
- 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 c carrots, chopped
- 1/4 cup of celery, chopped
- 1/2 c carrots
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 1/2- 1 inch pieces, about 6 cups)
- 5-6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 c red apple, chopped
- two springs of thyme (or 1/4 tsp dried)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1-2 tsp curry- if you’re not sure about the quantity use less the 1st time
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 13-14 ounce can of light coconut milk
- 1/4 cup of orange juice, preferably fresh squeezed
- Chopped or sliced toasted almonds
- white pepper
- lemon wedges
- orange wedges
- fresh grated nutmeg
- sour cream
- Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat, add onions and saute until softened and slightly browned about 4- 5 minutes.
- Add garlic, celery, carrots, and squash – mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add vegetable broth – raise heat to medium high and when it comes to a boil immediately lower it to a medium flame
- Add apples, thyme, curry, turmeric, and salt and stir well.
- Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; simmering not boiling.
- Add coconut milk and orange juice and cook another 10 minutes. ( It is done when squash is soft and smashes easily with a spoon)
- Turn off heat and puree in batches. Be careful- soup will be very hot. (I use a handheld blender which is the best gadget I have ever purchased- see the note below. )
- Return to pot, heat through and serve.
- Garnish with almonds. (see additional garnish options)
The handheld blender is such an amazing kitchen tool, especially if you make soup often. You just place it right in the soup and puree it in the pot. Done. No mess. It’s magical. Here is the link for the one I purchased on Amazon. By the way- if you know someone that cooks a lot- this is the perfect gift. Cusinart Smart Stick on Amazon
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