Recipe courtesy of Aaron Sanchez

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

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

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)

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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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