Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

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Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup
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Holly and I just returned home from a whirlwind trip to New York and what turned out to be the food tasting tour of a lifetime. I can't wait to share more on that with you later, but first let me just say that after a long, squished flight, staying up until the wee hours of the morning night after night, and logging more miles by foot than I can count, I'm just so happy to be home. Yes, home; among all my unfinished projects, with my slippers on, in my sweats that are littered with holes from overuse, and most importantly, surrounded by my kids tapping me on the shoulder and asking me the same question over and over.


In front of me was a bowl of steaming, golden purée, the smells of which wafted up in the sweetest gusts...

Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Home really is where my heart is, and arriving home to beautiful fall weather, the promise of darker nights (aka earlier bedtimes!), and the justification to wear oversized knit sweaters (hiding the physical damage I did in NY) doesn't hurt one bit. I love using the weather as an excuse to justify my current cravings, and now that it's officially autumn, and I've had my fill of extravagant east coast food, I've got homemade soup on the brain. And not just any soup...pumpkin soup. Nothing says home to me like the perfect bowl of pumpkin soup, and it was all I could think about on the long plane ride back to PDX.

This particular recipe has a very special place in my heart. When I was 19 I traveled to New Zealand to work as a nanny for a family who relocated there. I'm not entirely sure what I expected, but after a couple of days I began to realize the very real challenge that came with managing children who were so far from the home they'd always known; drastic time changes, foreign food, sleeping in new beds, all things I would one day come to brave with my own kids, but at the moment, the 19 year old me, was far from channeling those motherly instincts. Rather, I was having a hard time with the adjustment myself, and I craved, perhaps for the first time, not adventure, but the routines of normal life and the comforts of home.

Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

After a week of working with this truly lovely family, I went on to stay with some friends that I had met on a visit the year prior. I’ll never forget walking into their home, putting my things in a beautifully prepared room, and sitting down at their dining room table for the first time. In front of me was a bowl of steaming, golden purée, the smells of which wafted up in the sweetest gusts, revealing the beautifully layered flavors and spices. A few slurps in and a couple dips of crusty bread later, my mind, body and soul felt right back at home. If home is where the heart is, my heart is wherever there is a lovingly made bowl of soup. Home, heart, soup. They're inseparable to me now.

Even back then, my 19 year old self knew that I'd want that pumpkin soup recipe so that I might be able to offer a bit of comfort to a homesick visitor, some cheer to friend in need, or simply to my own kids after a long day of school.

So yeah, I'm happy to be home, and I'm thanking God that fresh pumpkins have arrived at my local Fred Meyer Store so that I can tend to this nostalgic craving for the perfect taste of home. Sure, there’s attitudes to deal with from mom being away for five days, and I'll quickly tire of the same old routine of laundry and dishes, dishes and laundry, but today I'm focused on the simplicity of a great bowl of soup made in my own kitchen. Nothing fancy, just everything good.

Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

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Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 1/2 lbs Kroger sugar pumpkin, seeded, skinned and cubed
1 1/2 lbs butternut squash seeded, skinned and cubed
6 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp curry powder
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper (optional)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper (more for serving)
1/2 cup coconut milk (more for serving)
jalapeno
cilantro
pepitas or pumpkin seeds

Method

  1. Prepare the pumpkin and butternut squash, if you have a sharp peeler, it actually works quite well to remove the skins from the squash. Cube into 2-3” chunks.
  2. In a large dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, sauté onions in olive oil just until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for two more minutes.
  3. Add the pumpkin, curry, nutmeg, ginger, red pepper, salt and pepper and chicken stock. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until squash is tender and can be pierced with a fork. If you overcook the squash it will loose its color so make sure you are watching it closely. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
  4. In batches puree soup in a food processor or blender.
  5. Once your soup is nice and creamy return it to the pot. Add your coconut milk, addition salt and pepper if needed and warm up on medium heat.
  6. Serve with pepitas, extra coconut milk, sliced jalapenos and a little cilantro. Enjoy!