Ginataang Kalabasa Vegan Soup

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Last year, I came up with this recipe with a vegetarian friend in mind. We all were together for Thanksgiving and most of the dishes were not vegetarian friendly.

 I was planning to make ginataang kalabasa, but decided to turn it into a stand-alone dish that would have more of a broad appeal. The soup is simple enough to do in a single pot. 

I highly recommend that you puree the soup in a blender and pass it through a cone strainer to give the soup a smoother consistency! Also, chill and whip any extra coconut cream in a cold bowl until it forms stiff peaks. Use this whipped coconut cream and nutmeg to garnish the soup.

Ginataang Kalabasa Soup (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, medium-sized, peeled, seeded and diced
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • Sachet; with bay leaf, peppercorns and thyme
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sweat the onions and garlic.
  2. Once the onions are soft, add the squash and cook out, giving the squash a little colour.
  3. Deglaze the pot with the vegetable stock. Add the herb sachet and bring the soup up to a simmer.
  4. Slowly simmer the soup until the squash has softened, to the point of it breaking down. Season to taste with the salt and nutmeg.
  5. Using a blender, puree the soup into a smooth consistency. If possible, strain off the soup with a fine mesh sieve.
  6. Serve hot and garnish with extra coconut cream and nutmeg.