Butternutty Soup

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Serves:6-8

This is a mildly spicy, slightly creamy, squash soup. This is delicious with a loaf of fresh bread and a mixed spinach salad.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped roasted peanuts (optional)

Directions

Place the water in a large soup pot. Add the squash, onions, garlic, soy sauce, cumin and coriander. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Add the broth, peanut butter, tomato paste, and crushed pepper. Mix well, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until squash is very tender. Mash slightly with a bean masher while still in the pot. Mix well. Serve with chopped cilantro and optional peanuts to garnish each bowl.

Variation: Use two10 ounce packages of frozen Cascadian Farms Organic Winter Squash instead of the butternut squash. Add this when you add the broth, after the onions are cooked. The squash will thaw as the soup heats up. No mashing is necessary; just use a whisk near the end of the cooking time. The flavor is slightly different because this is not butternut squash, but the soup is still delicious.