I think I've improved a Martha Stewart recipe! I know, that's a big deal! :) I added the coconut cream to this recipe, a dash of orange juice and changed some of the spices. Cumin has a really strong taste, so I only add 1/4 tsp. The original recipe needed just a bit more flavor and the coconut cream gave it that extra richness. Yum.
INGREDIENTS Those listed above + 1/2 cup orange juice 1 can of coconut cream 4 cups water (or broth)
****I had a can of coconut cream in my fridge b/c I was planning on making coconut whip cream with it. I recommend chilling the can of coconut cream, so that the cream and the water separate. Then pour the water out of the can, so that only the cream itself is added. It's a delicious addition!! *****
STEP 1: Melt little coconut oil (or butter, or oil) in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion until soft then add your spices: ginger, garlic, cumin & cayenne.
STEP 2: Next add your squash; cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is soft, 6 to 8 minutes.
STEP 3: Now add your apples and water (or vegetable broth, your choice). Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer everything, stirring occasionally until squash is fully cooked, 20-25 minutes and your apples are nice and soft. Add a splash of orange juice at this point (about 1/2 a cup)
STEP 3: If you have a stick blender you can use it to smooth out the consistency of the soup. (That's what I did.) I didn't blend it entirely as I wanted the apples to be highlighted and not completely mixed in. If you don't have a stick blender set half the soup aside to cool and blend it in a normal blender then add it back to the rest of the batch. You could also just leave the soup thick and chunky without blending it. Whichever you prefer. Finally, stir in a can of coconut cream! I drained the coconut water out of mine and just added the chilled cream. YUM.
Enjoy with cracked pepper or cinnamon!
Doesn't soup warm up your insides? It's my favorite during these chilled months. It hasn't been that cold actually, 80 degrees here! Haha :) But it's the idea of fall that makes me want to sit by the fire and be bundled up with a bowl of soup. It will get cold soon enough! :)