Recipe | Smoky Squash Soup

Smoky Squash soup
Smoky Squash Soup
A favorite dish from OP Southeast, Chef Katie Roe makes a delightfully smoky squash soup seasoned with smoked paprika, cumin and garnished with everything from pepitas to crème fraîche. It's like wearing a sweater, in front of a fire, while it pours rain outside... but in a bowl of soup. Happy cooking!
4-8  tablespoons olive oil
22g Garlic, minced
27g Onion, diced
6g cumin
10g smoked paprika
1 cup quality canned tomato, peeled whole
1 kabocha squash
2g chili flakes
4-6 cups stock
To garnish:
Lime zest
Lime and salt seasoned crème fraîche
Toasted pepitas
Garlic olive oil
Salt and lemon juice to taste
Half and scoop the seeds out of your squash. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Place on a sheet tray, flesh side up. Roast in an oven at 375F, until tender. Once cool, scoop the flesh from the skin and set a side.
Over medium heat in an 8 quart pot sauté the garlic and onion in remaining olive oil until transparent add you cumin and toast until aromatic. Drop the heat to low and add the paprika to briefly toast. Pour in the tomato and cook down for a while, until the raw tomato taste is gone, and it has thickened and begun to caramelize on the bottom of your pot. Deglaze with your stock and add the squash flesh. Bring to a boil. Strain and blend, season with salt and lemon juice to taste.
Garnish to your heart's content! It's the best part.