Calabaza Soup: Sopa de Calabaza

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Olive oil, for drizzling, plus 1/4 cup
  • 2 pounds calabaza, peeled and cut in large pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 white onions, large dice
  • 1 green pepper, large dice
  • 1 red pepper, large dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 quarts heavy cream, plus 1 cup, whipped with 1 teaspoon vanilla, for garnish
  • 1/2 bunch thyme, about 12 sprigs, leaves picked
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the calabaza. Season with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven until tender, about 1/2 hour.

In a large stockpot, heat 1/4 cup olive oil and saute onions, green pepper, red pepper, and garlic. Cook for about 8 minutes or until caramelized. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3 more minutes.

Deglaze with white wine. Add chicken stock and heavy cream and the roasted calabaza. Add the thyme. Bring to a boil. Simmer about 20 minutes. Puree all the ingredients. Strain the soup and adjust the seasonings. Garnish with vanilla-flavored whipped cream, if desired.


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