chocolate chili roasted butternut squash soup

October 23, 2010


Author Notes: This is my husbands favorite soup. Every time I bring home a butternut squash he begs me to make this recipe. I first made this recipe five years ago. My inspiration came from Mexican hot chocolate, which combines chocolate, cinnamon and chili peppers. This soup is a little spicy with a touch of sweetness from the squash, maple and chocolate. For a milder soup add a pinch of cayenne instead of the chili pepper. Krystal Ford

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • 2 pieces dark chocolate (70% or higher)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds
  2. Drizzle the one-tablespoon of olive oil on both squash halves and sprinkle the nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Add maple syrup, garlic cloves, chocolate squares, and half chilipepper in each cavity.
  3. Place in 350 oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes until squash is cooked. Spoon out the cooked squash, chili peppers, garlic into a blender.
  4. Heat two-tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and saute onions until soft (3 to 5 minutes.)
  5. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir in the squash and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Puree soup in the blender (or with a stick blender) until smooth.
  7. Return soup to pan, add the cream and gently reheat until it reaches desired temperature.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Julie October 20, 2014
Do NOT put hot soup in a blender - unless you vent the lid! It will blow the top off and you will end up with soup all over you. Believe me, it is painful. I have second degree burns. I found out a lot of people do not know this.
 
keiko November 5, 2010
it sounds wonderful! one question...how much chocolate would you suggest? i was wondering how big your 'piece' meant.
 
AntoniaJames October 24, 2010
Sounds deadly. Deadly, but delicious. I'm definitely making this. ;o)
 
Author Comment
Krystal F. October 24, 2010
Yes, exactly. But the flavors aren't over powering.
 
JoanG October 24, 2010
What an intriguing mix of flavors. Like a squash mole of sorts?