Friday, November 4, 2011

Lemongrass and Chilli Butternut Squash Soup

When Matt and I first arrived in New Zealand,  we were exhausted and hungry and were welcomed to my sister's home with a big bowl of this soup. I've made it many times since and have been asked for the recipe more times than I can remember.

Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut, Lemongrass and Chilli
(adapted from a recipe by amazing New Zealand cookbook author Annabel Langbein)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2.2 lbs butternut squash, peeled and diced (about 1 really big squash) *
2 1/4 cups water
1 400 ml can coconut milk (I use light)
1 - 2 fresh chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemongrass, finely chopped (I generally use 3 stalks)
1 tbsp fish sauce
juice and zest of a lime
salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot and saute onion, sugar and garlic until softened, about 8-10 minutes. Add squash, water, coconut milk, chillies, lemongrass, fish sauce and lime zest. Simmer over medium heat until squash is tender and cooked through. Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. Add a bit of water if soup is too think. Add the lime juice, season with salt and pepper.
Serve in bowls and add a generous pinch of cilantro.

* Last year when making this soup I had a crazy allergic reaction to butternut squash when peeling it. I googled it and found its really common. I now wear gloves when peeling butternut squash!


MsNina said...

Sounds delicious, Kate! I'm going to make it Tuesday night when I'm having 12 people over for dinner... How many does this serve?

Kate said...

Serves 8 hungry people, so you might need to double.


Julia Ronmark said...

Hi Kate,

Great recipe :). I have been wondering what to do with my butternut for a while...I added a few carrots. I wanted to use them up and the rebar cookbook has a carrot and lemongrass sound I keep meaning to make.

We are having it tonight. Thanks for the good inspiration!


MsNina said...

Kate, it was a hit! I actually didn't even taste test it while I was cooking, just followed your recipe... I don't think I've ever had that reaction to something I've cooked before, just instantaneous happy, orgasm-y noises as soon as people put their spoons in their mouths.

(I used soy instead of fish sauce and as I didn't have enough coconut milk, I added more water and a bit of stock.)