For a family dinner this past Tuesday, I was really excited to use some butternut squashes that I got at a farmstand outside of Ithaca, NY. Lately, for soups/purees, I have been roasting my butternut squashes in the oven and then peeling the skin off. This is much easier than peeling before cooking and the roasting imparts a fuller flavor. You could also substitute acorn squash for the butternut squash as well as throwing in a potato or sweet potato in the mix. I find that this is one of my most versatile recipes as sometimes I will make a batch of this and then thin it down later in the week or leave it thick depending on what's for dinner. A thick version (not diluted by any more stock) might be the base for my husband's chicken curry and the further thinned out version may be my dinner served with a dollop of cilantro pesto and some whole grain bread. - testkitchenette —testkitchenette
Test Kitchen Notes
This is butternut squash puree meets Southeast Asian flavors. It's mellow and creamy with warm spices and ginger. Testkitchenette points out that this puree can also be a soup if you thin it with broth -- we wholeheartedly agree. We loved this puree's versatility. We can imagine making it as part of an Indian meal as easily as we could see it on our Thanksgiving table with turkey. Testkitchenette has you cube the roasted squash before adding it to the pot with the coconut broth. We found that it's so soft, it's easier just to scoop out the squash in spoonfuls. It all gets pureed in the end, anyway, so it's an ideal recipe for those who hate precise chopping! - A&M —The Editors
olive oil, plus more if needed
medium butternut squashes, cut in half and seeded
salt and pepper, plus more to taste
large yellow onions, chopped
red pepper, seeded and chopped
jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
garlic cloves, chopped
inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
naturally brewed soy sauce (tamari)
red curry paste
garam masala (preferably) or curry powder
Preheat oven to 375° F and coat a large cookie sheet with olive oil.
Sprinkle each half of butternut squash with salt and pepper and lay cut side down on cookie sheet. Bake for about an hour until fork tender. Let cool for a bit and peel skin off, I used an old grapefruit spoon but you could use a paring knife. Cut into chunks.
While butternut squash is roasting you can get started on the soup. In a large heavy bottomed pot heat up coconut oil at medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté till onion turns translucent (about 8 minutes). Add the red pepper and jalapeño. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about another 10 minutes (stirring and taking care not to burn).
Add in soy sauce, red curry paste, garam masala/curry powder and stir to coat. Add the coconut milk, veggie broth, and 2 1/2 of the roasted butternut squashes and stir to combine. I used my potato masher to further mash up the butternut squash.
Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Puree if desired in batches in blender. Return to pot and add extra broth depending on how thick/thin you want it to be and season to taste. When ready to serve, sprinkle the cilantro over it.