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Butternut Squash Soup With Red Chile and Mint

I’m always happy when I get a request from friends or readers for a specific dish or ingredient. Recently my friend, Judy Yorke, asked if I had a good butternut squash soup recipe. I didn’t, but after some trial and error, I came up with a really good one. It’s spicy–very spicy–but you can tone it down if it’s too hot for you. 

This butternut squash soup was inspired by a recipe in the November issue of Sunset magazine. It’s easy to make, bursting with flavor and best yet–only 131 calories. That’s almost too good to be true.

  • 2 lbs. butternut squash 
  • 2 TBS. light sesame oil or olive oil (I used a little of each to equal 2 TBS.)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 TBS. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 TBS. chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 3 inches long
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes (by mistake I used 1 TBS–it was HOT)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 12 coriander seeds, 12 black peppercorns, and 4 cloves, tied in a cheesecloth sachet
  • 2 TBS. whipping cream

Here’s a photo of most of the ingredients you’ll need.

Cut a piece of cheesecloth and place peppercorns, coriander seeds and cloves in the middle.

Tie securely with kitchen twine.

Peel the butternut squash. Remove seeds and membrane. I use a large spoon to clean it out.

Cut squash into 1-inch cubes. 

Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add squash, onion, basil, and mint and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. 

Add cinnamon stick, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. red pepper flakes (or 1 TBS if you like it hot). Add 4 cups chicken broth and the spice sachet.

Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and cook, partially covered, until squash is tender, about 20-25 minutes. Remove spice sachet and cinnamon stick.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. 

You can use a blender if you don’t have an immersion blender, but do it in batches. It should look like this.

Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle 1 tsp. or so of cream over each bowl. Finish with a pinch of red pepper flakes.

I was really happy with how this recipe turned out, and hope you are too, Judy. And thanks again for the request.

As always, read it first at Stu News Laguna.

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