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Butternut Squash Soup

Serving  Size: 6

Ingredients

Olive oil – for sautéing
2 onions – finely chopped
1 clove  garlic

1 tablespoon fresh ginger – minced
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
3 pounds  butternut squash – peeled, seeded & cubed
6 cup vegetable stock (&/or water)
1 tablespoon  tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon  nutmeg – freshly grated or dry
1 tablespoon peanut butter (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Chop onions.
  2. Mince the garlic and ginger. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large pot and add onions, garlic and ginger to saute until onions are soft and translucent.
  4. Add cumin seeds and continue sauteing until fragrant.
  5. Add cubed pumpkin, squash, vegetable broth/water, tomato paste and simmer covered until squash is soft and tender – a knife should easily enter and exit the squash. This may take 40 – 50 mins depending on the quantities. Extract 2 cups of liquid and reserve for possible later use.
  6. Add peanut butter (optional), nutmeg and blend to a puree. (A handhel blender is handy here). Add reserved liquid to reach desired soup consistency.
  7. Salt & pepper to taste.

Note: For a creamier version, add some milk, soy milk or cream at the end & heat gently.

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