Thai Curried Hokkaido Soup with Kale
We enjoy many various recipes for pumpkin (winter squash) soup,; but this is by far our favorite.
Serving Size: 4
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 medium onion or shallot
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, de-seded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
- 1 stalk lemmon grass, chopped or 1 teaspoon powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 3 tablespoons vegan red curry paste
- 1 15 ounce can puree winter squash or pumpkin (Hokkaido, butternut), or 1 (14 oz.) can, rinsed and drained, or 3½ cups peeled,
- cubed, steamed and pureed
- 1 can coconut milk, not sweetened
- 2 cups vegetable bouillon
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 cup kale, cleaned, de-stemed and chopped
- coriander and coconut pieces as garnish
- To make the pumpkin puree:
- Peel and cut into cubes the Hokkaido squash.
- Add 1½ cups water and bring to a boil
- Cook the squash until soft, drain off any extra water then puree.
- Meanwhile, in a small frying pan, sauté the chopped red bell pepper and the onions.
- Add ½ of the sautéed pepper and onions to the pumpkin and also puree. Reserve ½ to add to the soup later.
- Add the vegetable bouillon.
- Add the grated ginger, garlic, turmeric, curry paste and lemon grass and stir well.
- Add the coconut milk and season with a pinch of salt.
- Bring the heat to low and continue to warm the soup and blend flavors.
- Shortly before serving add the prepared kale and the rest of the red bell pepper and onions.
- Add a few coriander leaves and 2 tablespoons of lime juice.
- Season to taste with additional salt, curry, or a few drops of chili sauce.
- Garnish with a few of the red bell pepper pieces, some coriander leaves and or some coconut chips.