Always considering what I may be drinking with my meal, I thought about different flavor components that I would add to my soup. I had two wines that I thought might pair well with my soup. A 2014 Juliusspital Dry Riesling,Würzburger Stein and a 2013 Bonterra Chardonnay, Mendocino County. The ingredients in my soup driving my wine selection were; the squash, leeks, fennel, garlic, curry paste, coconut milk and ginger. In the end, I like the Chardonnay better with the soup. The Chardonnay complimented the overall flavors and balance better than the Riesling. The soup is not as spicy as I expected nor the squash as sweet, otherwise I may have liked the Riesling better.
- 2 1/2 lbs. red kabocha squash quartered and seeded
- 1 1/2 green kabocha squash quartered and seeded
- extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 leeks the white and lighter green part sliced thinly
- 2 small heads of fennel chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric
- 2 pinches of salt
- 6 cups of organic low sodium vegetable broth I used Pacific for its neutral flavor
- 1 - 13 oz can of coconut milk
- 3-4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- cilantro chopped for garnish
- apple sliced for garnish
- salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the squash quarters on the baking sheet. Drizzle the squash with extra virgin olive oil and using your hands evenly spread the oil over the squash flesh. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 40 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a knife. Set aside to cool.
In a large stockpot, heat coconut oil over medium high heat. Add leeks, fennel, garlic, ginger, turmeric and a few pinches of salt. Turn heat to medium low and simmer vegetables for about 10 minutes.
Peel the squash and cut into large cubes. Add the squash and vegetable broth to the stockpot with other vegetables. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, simmering for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat and add coconut milk, curry paste and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to blend.
Working in multiple batches, blend the soup in a blender and return to the stockpot to thoroughly warm the soup.
Garnish with apple slices and cilantro.
Variation: add cooked shrimp