Have you ever made a dish and thought to yourself, I could eat this every day and never get sick of it? Yeah, that's how I feel about this Peanut Squash Soup. At first I will admit I was skeptical. It called for things like peanut oil that I didn't have on hand, so I knew I'd have to buy that and if it was terrible I'd be stuck with a $5 bottle of oil. Sure I could use it for other things, but really. I actually stood in the store and contemplated buying it. I didn't necessary need the oil, I could of used something else but I am so glad I bought it.
Yes, I have conversations with myself in the grocery store. It's nice when the kids are with me because I can pretend that I am talking to them. But when I am alone, I may look a little crazy. Whatever, I've seen others do it too - so I know I'm not the only one!
Back to this soup, hold onto your hats because its that good. I found it over at 100 Days of Real Food. There are tons of recipes over there - It's the new year so of course I'm with everyone else who's making resolutions to eat better, yadda, yadda. We're making lifestyle changes - not just resolutions.
Peanut Squash Soup
1 Tablespoon Peanut Oil
4 cups (1/2 inch) cubed, peeled butternut squash
1 cup chopped onion*
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon coriander
3-4 cups chicken stock/broth**
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
Crushed red pepper, to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
* I used one cup of onion, Ryan said it was too overpowering. I would recommend using 1/2 of cup or if you are an onion lover - use all of it. Just be warned. I thought it was fine, but I like onion.
**I used 3 cups of chicken broth. It was on the thicker side, which is the way we like it. If you like your soup - soupier (yes, just go with it) add more stock/broth.
1. heat peanut oil in a large sauce pan over medium - high heat.
2. Add squash and the next 5 ingredients
3. Saute until the onion is tender
4. Add chicken broth, peanut butter, tomato paste, crushed red pepper, stir.
5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the squash is tender.
6. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.