Right now, I’m sipping hot coffee, trying desperately not to burn my mouth.
I have my coat on (inside the office), a sweater, and a t-shirt, and I’m still cold.
I had to warm up my car for 10 minutes this morning.
Hello, freezing Fall weather. I’ve been anticipating your arrival.
There are two ways that I love to warm myself up with food when the days cool down: lots of spice and hot foods. That’s what makes this Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup absolutely perfect for this time of year.
My mom and I are obsessed with this soup, and to be completely honest, neither of us are normally the hugest fans of squash. (GASP! I know, that’s almost blasphemous to say in squash season.)
However, there’s just something about the combination of fragrant red curry paste, creamy coconut milk, sour limes, and slightly sweet squash that makes me swoon. I could honestly eat this soup for dinner every night. Every. Night.
By the way, prepare for many more soup recipes to come. I’m thinking after Thanksgiving I may do a “7 Days of Soup” special– let me know what you think about that.
In the mean time, make this Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup, taste it, devour it all, and make it again a thousand times because it’s going to be your new favorite cold-weather recipe.
Adapted from http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/thai-butternut-soup
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 4 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1″ cubes
- 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped, to garnish
- 1/3 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, chopped, to garnish
- Naan, to serve
- Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add in the garlic and onion, and saute until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add in the ginger and curry paste and stir to combine with the onion and garlic. Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring often.
- Add in the raw butternut squash cubes and slowly pour in the broth, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes, or until butternut squash is tender. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
- Pour the soup into a blender in batches and blend until smooth. Pour the blended soup back into the soup pot over medium heat and warm through, stirring occasionally.
- Before serving, remove from heat and mix in the coconut milk (saving a few tablespoons to garnish), lime juice, salt, pepper, and Sriracha (if using). Mix well. Pour into bowls and drizzle the remaining coconut milk on top. Swirl the coconut milk with your spoon or a toothpick. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve warm with Naan bread.
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