This is a French–influenced variation of a popular seasonal pumpkin soup, and it makes a fine first course for any dinner spread or as part of a Moroccan meal. While fresh pumpkin is more traditional in this recipe, butternut squash is easy to prepare and a good alternative.
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Place half of 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. Pour pureed mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture. Return pureed mixture to pan over low heat. Add milk and butter to pan; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with yogurt and cilantro.
This was a delicious part of our Thanksgiving dinner. I had already roasted the pumpkin beforehand, so I just added the pumpkin puree right before blending all the soup ingredients. The spices add a pleasant but not overpowering flavor. Would definitely make this again.
I made this with butternut squash and chicken broth and it is just fantastic. Servings say for 8 (2/3 c per serving), but my husband and I liked it so much it was only about 4 servings. The seasoning is not spicy, but warming and works wonders with the other flavors -- we also let our one year old try some and he ended up eating half a bowl. A definite keeper.
Delicious soup, and relatively quick and easy to make. I used butternut squash, and didn't have the morroccan spice, so simply omitted it. I increased the other spices slightly, and thought this was pretty flavorful. I served this with a green salad and the rice-lentil cakes (without the salsa) from a couple of issues ago. Nice meal.