Recipe courtesy of Alex Garcia

Calabaza Soup: Sopa de Calabaza

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings
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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

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.