It has been a beautiful fall and as such I’ve been inspired to cook with tons of root and other traditional fall veggies. From cranberries to cabbage, I’ve been enjoying them all, and over the weekend I made a soup that knocked my socks off! Literally!
There are few things that say autumn better than butternut squash soup. While traditionally these soups are completely pureed, I’m not a big fan of fully pureed soups - if I want a smoothie, I’ll make one. This soup however starts out as a traditional butternut squash soup but then gets transformed into something completely new and unique and the taste is out of this word! I look forward to sharing this great recipe with my family this holiday season!
Curried Miso Butternut Squash Soup
2-3lbs peeled and cubed Butternut squash – separate into two equal sized piles
3 potatoes – cubed (I prebaked these for 15 minutes on 350 while preparing the other ingredients)
1 cup red lentils – washed
½ cup brown or wild rice
1 red onion – chopped
3 carrots – cut into large cubed pieces
3 stalks celery – chopped
1/3 cup purple cabbaged – chopped
2 cups kale – chopped
1 tbsp sweet miso paste
1 tbsp curry powder
2 cloves garlic
1 small chunk ginger
8 cups veggie broth
In a blender or food processor, add 5 cups of the veggie broth, half of the butternut squash, the miso, curry, garlic, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
Now pour the butternut squash-broth into a large soup pan. Add the red lentils, potato, the remaining cubed squash, and rice and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil lower heat to a medium flame and stir frequently. As the soup cooks, it will begin thicken. Slowly add the remaining broth and stir it into the soup to keep it from becoming too thick. After 15 minutes or so, the harder root vegetables will start to soften and the lentils will plump up. As this happens add the chopped onion and carrots to the mix and continue cooking. At this point you can lower the heat even more to a low simmer and cover, but still stirring every few minutes. After another 10 minutes or so, the root vegetables should be soft but not over cooked. Add the celery and the purple cabbage and cook for another 5 minutes or until the celery becomes translucent.
Serve your soup hot on top of your favorite greens. I used kale.
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