Saturday, October 20, 2018

Moroccan Style Butternut Squash Stoup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to participate this month.  We had a bit of a hurricane last week, you might have heard about it? Hurricane Michael hit just about 50 miles from us, at one mile shy of a Category 5.  We were without power for a few days, and I just didn't think this was going to come together at all.
But here I am, and here's my take on the theme for this month, which just so happens to be a Fall Stew, Comforting Fall Stews that is, this event for Soup Saturday Swappers is hosted by Colleen of Faith, Hope, Luck and Love Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice. 
Moroccan Style Butternut Squash Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers

I'm there. Even if here in Florida, we're not exactly cold yet.  I'm told that the 90's, temperature wise that is,  are almost behind us.
I'll believe it when I see it.

I went here for my inspiration, but I did change it up.  I used some lovely pork stock, and didn't put in any zucchini, or basil or orange zest which the original recipe called for and I have to admit to upping the spices a touch.    
I didn't add any chicken either.   I used some of the pork I'd made the stock from.
Waste not, want not.  Besides which I love pork.
Sautéeing the onions with the spices actually brings out the flavor more than just dumping them into the pot.
Moroccan Style Butternut Squash Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers
 It looked good, but needed, something.
Moroccan Style Butternut Squash Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers
 So I popped outside, picked some chives, and sprinkled them on top.
Moroccan Style Butternut Squash Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers
After adding the cooked pork and some creme fraiché.  
Moroccan Style Butternut Squash Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers

And I think this could also be made totally vegetarian as well, just by subbing out the pork stock for some vegetable stock.  

Yield: 4-6 generous servings

Moroccan Style Acorn and Butternut Squash Stoup
Moroccan Style Butternut Squash Soup for #SoupSaturdaySwappers

prep time: 15 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 35 mins
This warm, rich soup tastes fantastic,even the weather is hot out side.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground cumin (heaped)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (heaped)
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (heaped)
4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut  
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
4 cups Pork Stock
2/3 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups chopped cooked pork
1 tablespoon Cremé Fraiché (totally optional)
1 teaspoon chopped chives for decoration


    Heat a large heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add butternut squash and tomato paste, then add the cumin, cinnamon, and pepper to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, cook 1 minute. Stir in Pork Stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add the butternut squash  and simmer 10-12 minutes. Stir in couscous, salt and cook 5 minutes or until squash is tender.  Add the chopped cooked pork, just to warm through a little.  Remove pan from heat.  
    Serve with some Naan, or a crusty roll and float a little creme fraiche on top and a sprinkle of chopped chives.
    Created using The Recipes Generator

    Sidsel Munkholm - Author
    Sidsel Munkholm - Author

    Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


    1. So glad that you were still able to join us even with the terrible storms that hit your area.

      1. I was a little nervous, of actually having the time to make this, it's been a crazy week. This soup was really good as well.

    2. A "bit of a hurricane." I'm so glad you are okay!!! You definitely need some comfort food my friend. This sounds delicious.

      1. And this soup worked. As comfort food that is. We came out of the storm just fine, although I won't be sleeping at the beach in my trailer anymore. The storm did it in.

      2. So glad you made it through the hurricane and were able to join us this month! And I love that you used butternut squash in this soup...the perfect fall ingredient, no matter what the temperature!


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