Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe indigenous to the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. Aged goat cheese, such as Midnight Moon by Cypress Grove, is a key ingredient, but goat Gouda also works well. The spice blend recipe makes more than is needed, but toss it with roasted vegetables. From Paula Wolfert, author of "Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco" and "The Food of Morocco". Recipe published in Food & Wine, October 2011.

Yield: 6 servings
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  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cubeb pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly grated nutmeg
  • SOUP
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 pound(s) butternut, kabocha or calabaza squash--peeled, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 1/2 cup(s) crème fraîche or heavy cream
  • 1/4 pound(s) aged goat cheese, shredded
  • Harissa
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. 1. MAKE THE SPICE BLEND In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Sift through a fine sieve and store in an airtight container.
  2. 2. MAKE THE SOUP In a large, heavy pot, toss the onion with the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the squash, cover with a round of parchment paper and the lid and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of the spice blend and the water to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the squash is tender, 20 minutes. Let cool.
  4. 4. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender; add the crème fraîche, three-fourths of the cheese and 1 teaspoon of harissa to the last batch. Return all of the soup to the pot and season with salt and black pepper. Serve the soup, passing the remaining cheese and more harissa at the table. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
October 2011

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