Butternut Soup with Coconut Milk

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr

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).

Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 10 Minutes
Total: 29 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 86
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 12.7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.8mg
  • Sodium: 304mg
  • Calcium: 47mg

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)

Preparation

  1. 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. 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.
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