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Butternut Soup with Coconut Milk

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 29 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
Serve this full-flavored soup as a first course, or as a smooth vegetable stew over rice with a side of cooked greens. We've used luxurious full-fat coconut milk, which yields a decadent, silky soup. You can use light coconut milk, if you prefer, for a soup with less body (and only 1g saturated fat per serving).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages fresh cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Ground red pepper (optional)
  • Cilantro leaves (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 86
  • fat 4.1 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 1.5 g
  • carbohydrate 12.7 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 304 mg
  • calcium 47 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and ginger; sauté 1 minute. Add 2 cups water, coconut milk, salt, red pepper, and squash; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until squash is tender, stirring occasionally.

  2. Place squash mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Stir in juice. Garnish with additional pepper and cilantro leaves, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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