Recipe: $1.54 | Per Serving: $0.77 | Yield: 4 cups
If you're not on the winter squash bandwagon, you are out of your mind. KABOCHA SQUASH SOUP. Do it.
So this is basically the best easy soup that you'll ever make. Sure, you need a blender, but even that is optional if you really think about it. Chunky squash soup is also great. You could even mash it. This is the basic recipe: cook onions, roast squash, simmer together, puree, add milk. I tried it without roasting the squash and it was still good. It's a subtle difference, but roasting the squash also makes it 50 times easier to cut. Because squash is very firm.
And might I recommend Whole Wheat Naan to go with it? Because it's really delicious, and so easy even non-cooks can do it. Seriously.
You'll be happy when you have this waiting for you in your freezer!
Kabocha Squash Soup
- 1 pound kabocha squash about ⅓ squash - also called Japanese Pumpkin
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 small onion sliced
- ⅛ teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼-½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- 4 cloves garlic crushed and cut into thick slices
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup milk
- parmesan & parsley topping optional
- Heat oven to 375ºF and roast squash for 10 minutes. (I do this because it makes it MUCH easier to cut - and it adds some flavor. You can definitely skip it if you prefer.)
- In a large soup pot, melt butter. Sauté sliced onion until soft and fragrant, about 5-8 minutes. Crush garlic with your knife and then loosely chop. (It will be blended later.) Add garlic, salt, pepper, and sage, and sauté over low heat for another 30 seconds.
- Remove squash from oven and cut into chunks. (You can choose to remove the skin, but it is totally edible, so I leave it on!) Add squash to soup pot and cover with 2 cups broth. Stir to combine and simmer for 10 minutes. Squash will be very soft. Remove from heat and add to blender. Blend until smooth and return to stove.
- Add 1 cup milk and bring to a low simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until desired thickness is reached.
- Ladle into bowls, and top with freshly ground black pepper, and if desired, parsley and parmesan cheese. Serve with Whole Wheat Naan!
Feel free to use another winter squash with this recipe - such as acorn or butternut, but kabocha is definitely my favorite. Be sure to remove the skin of other winter squashes!