One-Pot Butternut Squash Stew with Fresh Mozzarella

By Carlos C Olaechea
November 17, 2017

Author Notes: Despite its departure from authenticity, one could say that the recipe below has a Peruvian soul and an American body. Loosely adapted from a popular pumpkin stew called locro de zapallo, this version skips hard-to-source ingredients like ají amarillo and choclo for chili flakes and sweet corn.

Featured In: A Creamy One-Pot Stew With Butternut Squash and 3 Hometowns.
Carlos C Olaechea

Serves: 6-8


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium to large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced into 1-inch cubes (approximately 5 cups)
  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes (approximately 2 cups)
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (fava beans work here, too)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions turn a light golden brown, about 7 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook, stirring often until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add butternut squash, potatoes, and broth. Stir to combine. Raise the heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Remove cover from the pot, and add the edamame and corn. Cook, uncovered, for another 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in cream and chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve in bowls topped with fresh mozzarella. Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.

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cholula December 28, 2017
Such good soup! And easy too! I changed a few things based on what I had at home. Instead of basil I used fresh herbs from my yard: tarragon, oregano and marjoram. I used mixed veges instead of just corn. And I grated trifle gouda cheese on top. Yummy!
PS007 July 13, 2018
So basically you made a different soup...