Guys. I promised you a vegetable. Here it is.
I know, it’s not green. It doesn’t even look like a vegetable, really. What it looks like is what it is — an incredibly decadent, velvety, tummy-warming combination of butternut squash, spices and a little crispy surprise on top.
But…it’s all vegetables. I mean, there’s some stock in there, but that can be vegetable, too, if you want. There’s no dairy or gluten at all in this. In fact, it’s even Paleo if you leave off the chickpeas and replace it with, oh, shrimp instead. Which would be awesome, no kidding.
This huge pot of soup also took me about 45 minutes and $8 to make. That’s like $1 a serving, which is amazing when you consider you’d probably pay $6 a cup for this little number at your favorite local restaurant. Good food on a budget? I am totally in.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil or butter
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp curry powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1 medium butternut squash, cut into 1″ cubes
- 2 medium carrots, cut into 1″ pieces
- 3 cups good-quality stock (bone broth, beef stock, or vegetable stock)
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 Tbsp oil of your choice
- pinch salt, pepper, cayenne
- red pepper flakes for garnish
- Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add onions, curry, salt, turmeric, paprika and coriander and cook until onions are soft, about 4 minutes. Add butternut squash, carrots and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the squash mushes easily. Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse your chickpeas, then dump them between two tea towels and gently rub until dry. Toss with oil, salt, pepper and a little cayenne pepper, then spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until golden and crispy, tossing halfway through so they cook evenly.
- Once the chickpeas are done, use an immersion blender (or a regular blender, in batches) to puree the soup. I left a few chunks in mine because I find perfectly pureed soups boring…some people like them. It’s up to to you.
- Ladle into individual serving bowls. Top with chickpeas and a smattering of chili flakes. Serve.