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Carrot, Sweet Potato and Squash Soup

This scratch soup is a delicious meal or Thanksgiving starter or a clever use-up for leftovers of any of the 3 main ingredients after the holiday.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings as an entree or 8 to 10 as a starter
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons EVOO

2 tablespoons butter

1 to 2 tablespoons puree of chipotle in adobo, medium to spicy heat level (freeze the remainder in a plastic baggie)

1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/3 palmful

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/3 palmful

1 teaspoon paprika, 1/3 palmful

2 onions, chopped

1 crisp apple, peeled and chopped 

One 1-inch piece ginger root, finely chopped or grated

A little freshly grated nutmeg

A pinch of ground cinnamon

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

4 cups chicken stock, plus extra to reheat

About 1 tablespoon honey

1 1/2 pounds kabocha, butternut squash or pumpkin, peeled and chopped (or leftover roasted) 

1 pound organic carrots, peeled and chopped  

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon lemon or orange juice

Finely chopped red onions or scallions

Toasted pumpkin seeds

Garnishes:

Crumbled browned Mexican chorizo

Creme fraiche

Shredded smoked Cheddar or smoked gouda

Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

Directions

  1. Heat the EVOO in a soup pot over medium-high heat, add the butter and melt into the oil. Add the chipotle, coriander, cumin, paprika, garlic, onions, apple, ginger, cinnamon and some nutmeg and salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes partially covered. Then add the stock, honey, kabocha, carrots and potatoes. Cook partially covered until very tender, 30 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal. Reheat over medium heat and add 1 cup of stock or water to loosen the soup enough to reheat.
  2. To serve, add a little citrus juice for a pop and top shallow bowls or cups of soup with assorted toppings of your choice.

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