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Mark Bittman’s Smoky Braised Winter Squash Soup: Recipe from the God’s Love Holiday Catalog

When the colder months roll in, I always look to squash. Squash is perhaps a vegetable that can be harder to embrace, due to its thick skin and starchiness, but there are infinite ways to prepare it. Once you get used to it, I dare you not to love it. It works especially well with warming spices and the creaminess that comes from coconut milk. I love the God’s Love We Deliver x Burlap & Barrel Smoke & Garlic blend added in here almost as much as I love God’s Love We Deliver and Burlap & Barrel. Preparing raw winter squash takes some practice, but since you’ll want to make this otherwise-easy recipe all the time, you’ll get a knack for it quickly. Other vegetables you can use: any winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, any root vegetable, eggplant, cauliflower, mushrooms, okra, peas, any summer squash, green or wax beans.

~ Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman’s Smoky Braised Winter Squash Soup


2 tbsp. good-quality vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. Burlap & Barrel/God’s Love We Deliver Smoke & Garlic Blend
1 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
1½ pounds butternut or other winter squash, peeled and chopped (4 to 5 cups)
1 cup coconut milk, stock, or water
Salt and pepper
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

Serves 6 to 8
30 minutes active time
2 to 3 hours inactive time

  1. Put the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add spice blend and ginger, lower the heat a little, and stir until the onion just starts to brown and the spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes more.
  2. Add squash and coconut milk, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and adjust the heat so it bubbles steadily. Cook, stirring once or twice, until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Check the pot periodically and add a little more liquid to prevent the squash from sticking. If the squash is done and the mixture is still soupy, remove the lid and increase the heat so the liquid bubbles furiously; cook until it’s thicker than stew. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  3. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot or warm.

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