Calabaza Soup with Cinnamon Creme Fraiche: Sopa de Calabaza con Canela Crema Fresca

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 45 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 20 min
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile de arbol
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 teaspoons ground panela or piloncillo (if not available, use brown sugar)
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 pound calabaza, peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 white onion, cut into small dice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground canela (Mexican cinnamon)
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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small saute pan toast the cumin, coriander, chile, and clove for 3 minutes over medium heat. When the spices have begun to release their aroma, add them to a large mixing bowl with the panela and olive oil, mix well with a whisk to break up any clumps of spices.

Add the diced and peeled calabaza and mix well to coat. Pour the calabaza onto a large sheet tray and place in the oven to roast until the calabaza has softened and caramelized, about 30 minutes.

While the calabaza is in the oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan, when the oil begins to smoke add the onion and garlic and saute for around 5 minutes.

When the onion has become translucent add the calabaza and chicken stock and cook at a gentle simmer for 15 minutes, puree the mixture with a hand held blender, add the heavy cream, and simmer for another 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and reserve in a warm place.

In a small bowl combine the creme fraiche and canela and mix well. To serve, ladle the soup into a large bowl and finish with a dollop of the canela-creme fraiche.

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