I was having a "don't want to cook" night, and nothing seemed easy enough. My daughter-in-law e-mailed me a recipe for a butternut squash lasagna that she had just made but she couldn't convince me that it "wasn't any trouble at all." Yeah right. When non-vegans make lasagna they just have to scoop the ricotta out of a container. Vegans have to make the "ricotta." And there was the part about baking the squash and making the sauce. On and on. I thought lasagna was trouble BEFORE I was vegan, which is why it's usually served on special occasions and at potlucks when you're trying to show off.
But the squash part reminded me that I could make a pressure-cooked soup without much effort. I hadn't planned to post about it since I had recently done that, but a few changes in the seasonings produced a result that surprised us with its fabulous flavor. I have to warn you that it was really spicy. Maybe even a little too spicy for me. I think I had smoke coming out of my ears, but my fire-eating son pronounced it the best soup he'd ever had.
I used two delicata and one acorn squash but you can use any dry-fleshed squash like butternut or buttercup.
Spicy winter soup
- Winter squash equivalent to one large butternut squash
- 1 large onion, chopped
- one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- two or three pieces crystallized ginger
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 teaspoon truffle oil or virgin olive oil
- Sauté the chopped onion in the pressure cooker until it softens and starts to brown. Remove to a small bowl.
- Cut the ends off the squash, split in half, remove seeds and cut into large pieces. Place in the pressure cooker with six (approximately) cups of water. Cook at pressure for five minutes. Bring pressure down quickly. Lift the squash out with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl to cool a little. When the squash is cool nough to handle, scrape the flesh out with a spoon and put the skin in the compost.
- Put the squash back into the pot with onion, garlic, ginger, chipotlé, oil and salt to taste. (I used a scant half teaspoon of salt.)
- Use an immersible blender to purée the soup to creamy perfection. (Or use an actual blender.)