Here’s a zippy soup for a rainy autumn day, which is what we have here today.
It’s sweet, from butternut squash, and definitely spicy, from poblano pepper.
Ingredients (to make about 2 quarts of soup):
- 1/2 large butternut squash, seeds removed, peeled, and cubed
- 4 medium carrots, cut into large pieces
- 2 medium red bell peppers (I used one large bell pepper and one smaller ripe pepper of unknown variety)
- 2 green poblano peppers
- 4 medium to large scallions
- 2 cloves garlic
- olive oil, ~1/3 cup
- salt and pepper to taste
- water, ~2 cups (saved from boiled squash and carrots)
First, boil the cubed squash and carrot until quite tender.
While the squash is boiling, roast peppers and onions under the broiler. Turn and move while roasting to blister pepper skin evenly and to avoid burning scallions.
Peel, core, and remove seeds from the peppers, and roughly chop the scallions.
Dry-roast two cloves of garlic until tender, then peel and roughly chop.
Lastly, using a food processor and/or blender, purée all the ingredients while adjusting the thickness with the water; add olive oil, salt, and pepper to your taste.
I used both a food processor and traditional blender, in two rounds each with about half the ingredients because the quantity of soup exceeded the capacity of my blender.
Serve the soup topped with dried or fresh thyme leaves and toasted squash seeds, perhaps accompanied by a piece of sourdough toast.
(I toasted the lightly oiled seeds with salt, pepper, and paprika on a baking sheet in a 250° F oven.)
I hope you enjoy this blended vegan soup – it’s perfect for cool fall days!
It was inspired by this recipe: