This one of my sister's special recipes. She came up with it one day after watching a chef make something similar on TV. A simple, aromatic squash and carrot soup, elegant enough on its own, is made even more so by drizzling it a tamarind glaze. This unusual glaze is made with tamarind concentrate, maple syrup, and miso paste of all things! The tart, sweet and salty flavors of the glaze contrast nicely with the smooth sweetness of the soup. And the black color of the glaze looks so cool swirled into the orange soup! This is easy enough to serve any night of the week yet striking enough for any fancy dinner party!
Squash Soup with Tamarind Swirl
Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Slices of Homemade Multi-Grain Bread
Leafy Green Salad


1 medium butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
4 cups vegetable broth
3 large carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate (see "cooking tips" below)
2 tablespoons dark miso paste
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 garlic clove, minced
1-inch piece of ginger root, minced

Cooking Instructions

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Halve the squash and remove the seeds. Coat with 1 tablespoon of the oil and season with salt & pepper. Bake the squash until very tender (about 45 minutes.)

Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and remaining oil and saute until translucent. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, broth and carrots. Simmer until tender (about 30 minutes.)

When the squash is done, scoop out the flesh and add it to the soup pot. Puree the soup in batches, season with salt and pepper to taste and keep warm over low heat.

In a small frying pan combine the remaining ingredients and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Add water or broth as needed to thin to a "drizzling" consistency. To serve, spoon the squash soup into bowls and add a drizzle of tamarind topping.

Makes 4 servings



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Tamarind is available as a pressed fibrous slab, a syrupy concentrate in a jar, and in dried pod form. It is the concentrate that is used in this recipe. Try to look for the "Tamcon" brand that comes in a small plastic jar with a red cap. Other tamarind concentrates will taste fine but the "Tamcon" brand has the super-dark color that makes the drizzle so special. If you use a thinner or lighter concentrate, you may need to add a bit more to get the taste right.

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