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Squash Swan Song

March 23, 2011

Just as soon as I think spring might officially have arrived, we get another bout of nasty weather—yesterday I was leaving my classes just as the thunderstorms were getting started.

Luckily, I had a warm, spicy, amazing pot of soup waiting for me when I got home! I used the last kabocha squash in our pantry to whip up this soup yesterday morning.

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Ohhh, kabocha.  How I’ll miss you.  But if your absence means spring and summer’s presence…I’ll take it.

This soup was really easy to make, and so tasty—in fact, as we were eating dinner last night, Ryan kept saying, “This is SO good!”  I had to agree!

Spicy Squash and Kale Curry Soup


1 tbsp. olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

4-5 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 kabocha squash, peeled and de-seeded, chopped into 1 inch cubes

salt to season

2.5 cups vegetable broth

1/4 cup spicy thai curry paste

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 tsp. red curry powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 can lite coconut milk

2 cups chopped kale


In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil.  Add onion and cook until golden.  Add garlic and cook for another few minutes.  Add squash and season with salt.  Add curry paste, tomato paste, and spices.  Cook for another few minutes, then add vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cook over low heat for about an hour, until totally cooked.  Add extra broth or water if necessary.

Just before serving, add coconut milk and kale and cook over low heat, stirring until kale cooks down.

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The weather is still pretty gross out—really rainy and cold.  I’ve been doing work from bed all morning, but I’m about to head up to campus, so I guess it’s time to shower. Or at least to change out of my nightgown!

Maybe the weather is nicer where you are? Have a great day!

26 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 5:22 pm

    Seriously, you make the best soups EVAH.

  2. March 23, 2011 5:35 pm

    That looks AMAZING…I’m so sad to be nearing the end (or at the end!) of winter squash season..what am I going to do without my beloved spaghetti squash?

    Perhaps eat actual spaghetti?

  3. March 23, 2011 5:48 pm

    That soup looks fantastic ~ I love squash!!

    We got a few inches of snow last night 😦 I guess we’re not quite done with comfort food yet!

  4. March 23, 2011 6:02 pm

    The soup looks perfect for a rainy day. Hopefully spring will come to you soon. Atlanta went from winter to summer, but I think the rain is coming this weekend with some colder weather. I hope you have a great day anyway Anna!

  5. March 23, 2011 7:03 pm

    What a great recipe and cozy soup for the not-so-warm spring days! My husband and I, as well as my vegetarian parents, would just love this. Thanks for sharing!

  6. March 23, 2011 7:31 pm

    That looks so good. I think the only thing that saddens me about winter ending is the lackluster winter squashes from here on out. Butternut squash and I have a very special relationship! Sigh.

  7. March 23, 2011 7:32 pm

    You need to create a soup cookbook, it would fly off the shelves. You are the master!!!

    • March 23, 2011 7:39 pm

      Awww, thanks Jen! Soups are definitely one of my absolute favorite things to make!

  8. March 23, 2011 8:08 pm

    Yumyumyum!! That looks incredible. I just made a garbanzo bean/kale/coconut curry stew a few weeks ago from Peas & Thank you that was super yum and this may even beat that one out due to the kabocha. Definitely going to try this one!

  9. March 23, 2011 8:34 pm

    That is my kind of soup!
    Especially since I’m staring 6 inches of fresh snow in the face!

  10. March 23, 2011 9:26 pm

    Oh, this recipe reminds me that I have frozen kabocha lentil stew in my freezer, I might need to hit my stash! 🙂 This soup looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it even it that means waiting until winter. 🙂 Our weather has been awful all this week, tons of rain, wind and storms – I’m so ready for spring!

  11. March 23, 2011 9:31 pm

    submit the 1st soup pic. it will make it!!

    looks delish!!

  12. March 23, 2011 11:22 pm

    The weather sucks here too. Boo. I agree about the squash being worth warm weather!!

  13. March 24, 2011 12:03 am

    The weather was decent today, I thought it was supposed to be nasty but it was not too bad. I hope the weather gets better for you!

  14. March 24, 2011 12:15 am

    I’d like to see a picture of your nightgown, please. 😉 I’m imagining a high-neck, collared, plaid, flannel one.

  15. March 24, 2011 1:25 am

    That looks DELICIOUS.

    Confusing thing, in Australia they call all squash pumpkin. I was soooo confused when I first moved here.

    They also think pumpkin pie is a ridiculous thing and can’t imagine it tasting good.

  16. March 24, 2011 2:04 am

    This soup truly looks amazing!! I want it now 🙂

  17. March 24, 2011 2:27 am

    I still have yet to try kabocha squash. I feel like my Food Blogger sash will be taken back by the judges or something. I want that soup! Love kale and anything soups.

  18. March 24, 2011 12:36 pm

    So funny, I make a similar soup but puree it. Need to leave it chunky and try adding the kale. YUM.

  19. March 24, 2011 1:25 pm

    The weather was just starting to look up and then we got snow last night. I am beyond ready for spring and summer.

  20. March 24, 2011 4:04 pm

    We got snow last night 😦 I hear you! I am over soup…I want the grill! Though, that soup does look amazing 🙂

  21. March 24, 2011 7:07 pm

    I wish I had the ingredients on hand! i would make this tonight!!!!!!!! I love soup and am still excited for salad weather! I wish it would just be 70 and sunny – ALWAYS! ❤

  22. March 24, 2011 9:50 pm

    I adore winter squash – but I’m with you. If I have the give up fresh squash for some warmth, I’ll do it!

  23. March 25, 2011 10:09 am

    It snowed here again overnight. On the bright side…more soup for me!

  24. March 25, 2011 10:18 am

    Squash soup it seriously so comforting! That looks awesomeee. Its been pretty nice in SC….no complaints from down here. Hope it warms up for you

  25. March 27, 2011 11:14 am

    Yum that soup is so beautiful! I will also take the absence of winter squashes for spring and summer!

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