Kabocha squash, sometimes referred to as Japanese Pumpkin, is in my onion the most delicious of all the squashes! It’s soft and sweet and makes the most delicious creamy soup. In culinary school, my good friend and classmate used to call this soup liquid candy! In this recipe I’ve added some Thai spice to create a creamy soup with a kick that will help keep you warm and nourished this fall!
A key to picking the perfect Kabocha Squash is the shape and markings. You want it to be more oval, horizontally, in shape and to have a round yellow/orange marking on it.
This yellow/orange marking is where the squash was resting while it was allowed to ripen. If your squash does not have a marking similar to this it means that it was picked too early and therefore will not be as sweet or delicious.
In this soup I remove the skin, which I keep to use at a later time (and for a later post) and add it to a soup pot with 1 yellow onion (for added sweetness), one can of FULL-FAT coconut milk and a pinch of sea salt. Then there is the added Thai Spice! This gives it a bright punch and an interesting twist. If you don’t have Thai spice on hand or don’t like it, this soup is still completely delicious without it.
This creamy, soothing and delicious soup fits the following diets:
Creamy Thai-Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe
Creamy Thai-Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup
- 1 medium kabocha squash peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes*
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 heaping Tablespoon red curry paste more if you like kick
- Pinch sea salt
- Filtered water to cover
Place the squash, milk, onion and curry paste in a tall soup pot and cover with water until just the tips of the squash are poking out. Add a pinch of sea salt.
Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to medium heat. Simmer about 15 min, or until the squash is soft.
Pour everything into a blender, preferably a Vitamix, and blend until smooth and creamy. At this point you can add more water to reach your desired consistency.
Add seasoning to your liking and Enjoy!!!
*If the squash is organic, save the skin for roasting later into kabocha squash "chips".
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