This smooth rich soup is made with nutty kabocha squash, onions and carrots, It is rich and creamy from coconut milk and brightened with fresh ginger. I’ve tried this soup with both regular and low-fat coconut milk, The regular gives a rich coconut flavor.but the low-fat is lower in calories. Chose what’s right for you. In any case, I recommend the most natural coconut milk you can find, with only guar gum added, no preservatives.
You can roast the squash ahead of time. It’s a good way to warm up the kitchen on a frosty morning. If you’re in a hurry, you can microwave it for 10 minutes (stab it first so it won’t explode!)
serves 4 bowls (8 cups), more or less, depending on the size of squash
1 medium kabocha squash
2 large carrots, peeled
2 tsp unrefined coconut oil (it tastes like coconut)
2 tsp grated ginger root
1 onion, chopped
2 – 3 cups water
several grinds black pepper
14 oz can coconut milk (regular or low-fat)
1 1/2 tsp salt to taste
Garnish: 1/3 cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
Preheat oven to 430◦ Stab whole kabocha several times and place on a foil-lined heavy pan. Roast for 20 minutes. Add carrots and turn off oven. Let the vegetables sit in the oven for half an hour. Remove carrots from oven. Let squash stay in the oven several hours until it’s cool.
Melt coconut oil in a medium- large pot. Saute chopped onions until they soften. When squash is cool, cut it in half and scoop out and discard stringy seed pod from the squash. Carefully cut off the thin peel and add chunks of squash to the sauteed onions. Stir a few grinds black pepper.
Slice carrots crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Add carrots and ginger to the onions and saute a few more minutes.
Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Reserve a few tablespoons of coconut cream from the top of the can for garnishing the soup. Pour coconut milk into the broth and stir well.
Let soup cool for 30 minutes.
Pour into blender in batches and blend until smooth.
Stir in salt to taste
Heat soup until ready to serve
Toast 1/3 cup pepitas on a comal or heavy skillet over medium low heat and toss on top of each soup bowl to garnish
Have fun making designs with reserved coconut cream.