This recipe is a snap to whip up in less than 20 minutes (yes I said less than 20 minutes), and with the light coconut milk and the spicy curry, make it quite a unique version, and universal hit amongst those whom I have shared this with. This recipe is so nutrient dense and healthy , yet at the same time sophisticated enough to “wow” your friends at any dinner party. Great as an Amuse-bouche in a shot glass at a fancy dinner or party reception, as an appetizer, or main dish. From my own experience, I can assure you that this is a real crowd pleasing dish!
I make “Butternut Squash” soup all the time, yet through trial and error, find this version to really showcase the kind of depth, creaminess, flavor and balance, not frequently utilized in traditional butternut squash soup. Even if you think you don’t like curry, I think you’ll find that in this recipe, the yellow curry addition, takes the flavor and exotic “wow” factor to a whole new level. I really worked hard to hit my perfect Fat/Acid/Sugar/Salt balance in this soup recipe to create a taste filled/ harmonic balance of layered flavor notes in this recipe. I also include tips on how you can “customize” this recipe to create the perfect dimension of flavors that works best for your palate. I hope you love it as much as me, and if you do, please be sure to share your own photos and versions wither here on my blog in the comments section, as well as on my FB page.
* Special Note for chemotherapy patients or persons experiencing weight loss from chronic illness and need to up the caloric density to the foods your eating: I ate this while going through massive amounts of chemo and radiation, and this was one of my favorite foods to eat while I was sick, nauseated, and losing weight. The spicy curry and the creamy coconut flavor really “knocks out” that yucky chemo flavor, and the soup itself, so delicious I just kept eating more. If you need to put on some weight or add extra calories due to cancer or illness related weight loss, just use regular full calorie coconut milk (and heavy cream) to really crank up the calorie density!
*To lower the calorie and fat content in this recipe even further: omit the coconut milk and use the full amount of chicken stock when doing the puree in the blender
- 2 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 can light coconut milk (Regular can be used but I prefer light for less calories and can’t taste the difference)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons yellow curry ( I use 2, but I really like curry, so 1 tablespoon might be enough for most)
- 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
- 1 lemon to squeeze to taste (preferably Meyer Lemon, its less bitter)
- 1 tablespoon of oil or butter
- Grade B Maple Syrup or sweetener of choice (Optional to sweeten ONLY if necessary)
- Salt to taste
- White pepper to taste (optional, and I used white pepper because you don’t “see” it in the soup, you can use regular pepper if you like)
- Heat oil or butter over medium heat
- add onion and a dash of salt, and saute for 3 to 5 minutes until translucent and soft
- Add butternut squash and stir to coat with oil
- Saute the butternut squash for aprox 3 minutes
- pour in chicken stock, either the entire cup and a half, or just until it covers the top of the squash
- Bring stock to a low boil, turn down and then simmer, for aprox 10 minutes or until the squash is tender and can be pierced with a fork
- Pour the squash and only 1/2 of the stock into a vita mix/blender and puree, the consistency should be like a thick milkshake when through
- Return squash puree to the original pan on the stove and add the coconut milk, gently stirring
- Add curry
- Heat over medium, and squeeze in lemon to brighten up flavor
- Add salt to taste
- Taste and if the soup needs a little sweetening to brighten it up, add in a teaspoon or so of maple syrup (I choose maple syrup grade B because its healthier, but you can use whatever sweetener you have on hand or prefer)
Special Note: As with any soup, but this one in particular, I find that creating that “perfect” balance between the Acid/Sugar/Salt can really make a huge difference in the final soup masterpiece you have created. Each time you make this soup, or any, is different. So learn to “play” around with it once your done with the final steps, taste and adjust. With this soup you can make very subtle yet poignant adjustments to the overall final product just by playing around with the salt, acid (lemon juice to “brighten it up”), and sweet. The coconut milk and squash are naturally a little sweet so you may find you don’t need to enhance the sweetness at all, or just a teaspoon of maple syrup, sugar or sweetener. Its up to you!
Serve and Enjoy!
via Spark People Calorie Counter
Amount Per Serving
|Total Fat||1.6 g|
|Saturated Fat||0.3 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.4 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||1.0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||19.5 g|
|Dietary Fiber||4.5 g|