My husband raved about this soup and he dislikes all squash so that is saying alot. I had to make some changes because I did not have mirin or celeraic but perhaps some will find my substitutions helpful. I roasted my squash before using it. Much easier to take off the skin and cuts down on cooking time. I used 3/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup rice vinegar and 5 tablespoons of agave mixed together in place of mirin. I used 4 stalks of celery instead of celeraic and chopped it well. I used 2 tblspns of sriracha because my family likes things spicy.
This was pretty easy to make after cutting up the squash (you can buy pre-cut to help save time) and the taste was good. However, too sweet for me and not enough spice. The next time I make it, I will cut the Mirin in half and add more ginger to rev up the spice. I could not find celery root so had to use just plain celery. I too did not find any benefit in straining the soup, you just end up tossing a lot of the good stuff so I quit doing it half way through and it was just fine.
This was outstanding and definitely spicy. Wonderful combination of great flavors - don't substitute for the celeriac. Made as described but did not strain the soup as I actually like a little texture vs. completely smooth. I will definitely make this again - might need to cut back on the ginger and/or hot sauce if serving to guests since a lot of people don't seem to like things very spicy.
I was really looking forward to this . . but it was an expensive mistake for me. I made it as recipe stated, but it had the worst bitter taste when done. I'm assuming it was the celery root. I have never worked with that before. It was inedible ;-(
Soup-erb!!! I altered this recipe to make in my slow cooker. it was great!
I've been pining for squash soup so I tried this recipe. It was fast and easy to make. Served to vegetarians so I used vebetable broth instead of chicken broth. It had a sweet "start" and a fiery "finish" in the mouth. Next time I would probably cut back on the ginger and/or asian hot sauce because it was a little TOO spicy. But I will definately make again.
DEE-LISH. Instead of celery root, I used regular celery & I didn't bother to strain the soup after reading other reviews. I agree the texture is fine without straining. I like a little body to my soups. The mirin was a harder to find, mostly b/c I didn't know what I was looking for. I eventually found it in the asian cooking section of my local supermarket amongst the soy and teriyaki sauces. It's in a small, clear, plastic bottle & is the color of white wine. The recipe makes a LOT of soup. I froze half of it, but it'll be perfect to make for entertaining a large group of people. I will make this over and over.
Wow! This was the BEST!!! I doubled this for a family gathering the first time I made it and it was a big hit. I thought it a bit spicy so the next time I did not double the ginger and it turned out just as great only a bit milder I did strain the soup after blending but found hardly any solids to discard so I did not strain the second time. I also put out a dish of brown sugar to sprinkle over the yogurt for a little added sweetness.