Aric Albrecht November 4, 2020 Soup Recipes
1 (4-pound) pumpkin (kabocha squash is best)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cardamom
1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, reserve a little for garnish
2½ cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Water, as needed
microgreens, optional, for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet, cut-side down. Roast for 50 to 60 minutes, until very soft. When cool to the touch, peel away the skin and measure 4½ packed cups of the flesh.
3. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper and sauté until soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cardamom and stir for 30 seconds, until the spices are aromatic. Add the cooked squash, coconut milk, and broth and stir to combine. Simmer for 20 minutes, then stir in the vinegar.
4. Transfer to a blender, working in batches if necessary. Blend until smooth. Kabocha squash can vary in water content, so if your soup is too thick add up to 1½ cups water (½ cup at a time) to reach your desired consistency. Garnish with additional coconut milk, fresh black pepper, and microgreens, if desired.