Squash Soup with Chili Puree

Squash Soup with Chili Puree

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"Lisa McKinnon of Ventura, CA, adds a dollop of chili puree to this rustic squash soup."

Ingredients 1 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 215 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.4g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 352 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Rinse squash. With a large, heavy knife, cut in half lengthwise, using a mallet or hammer gently, if necessary, to force knife through squash. Scoop out and discard seeds. Brush cut surfaces with olive oil. Set squash cut side down in a 10- by 15-inch baking pan.
  2. Bake in a 375 degree regular or convection oven until squash is soft when pressed, 45 to 60 minutes. Reserve pan juices. Scoop flesh from peels (you should have about 5 cups) and discard peels.
  3. Meanwhile, trim and discard root ends and tough dark green tops from leeks. Cut leeks in half lengthwise and rinse thoroughly under cold running water, flipping layers to release grit. Chop leeks.
  4. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir leeks, garlic, and ginger in butter until leeks begin to brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Add coriander, squash, reserved pan juices, and 5 cups broth. With a potato masher, mash squash. (Soup will be chunky; for a smoother texture, pour it into a large bowl, then puree in a blender, a portion at a time, and return to pan.) Thin with 1 to 4 more cups broth, if desired.
  5. Cover and heat soup until steaming. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a teaspoon or two of chili puree (or a sprinkling of chili powder).
  6. Chili Puree: Rinse chilies. Break off and discard stems and shake out as many seeds as you can. With scissors, cut chilies into 1/2-inch pieces and drop into a 1- to 2-quart pan. Add water, shallots, and ground cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until chilies are soft, 5 to 10 minutes. In a blender, whirl mixture until smooth. Press puree through a strainer set over a bowl. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Makes 3/4 to 1 cup
Tips & Tricks


  • The soup can be made through step 4 up to 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Reheat, covered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • You can make this puree up to 3 days ahead; cover and chill.
  • Reprinted with permission of Sunset(R) magazine. All rights reserved.
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  1. 3 Ratings


I tried this recipe along with the entire Thanksgiving menu and loved it. I didn't even test out the recipe before I served it to my guests.


My mom just brought me back a whole bunch of dried chiles from Santa Fe and I wanted to use them....well, I don't know if the kind I had were just too pungent or what because the chili puree turned out so spicy I could barely eat my soup! I thought the base recipe with the squash, coriander, and leeks was scrumptious, though. I was just sorry I put the chili puree in at all because it overwhelmed the delicate flavors of the soup itself. I will make this soup again, but without the chili puree next time! Four stars for the soup itself, though.


Great Recipe (go Sunset!) I used half butternut squash and half pumpkin. The chili puree is delicious.