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I got bored of all butternut squash soups being the same. When I picked up some black-eyed peas at the store today I remembered my new obsession with smoked paprika. This soup has some Spanish/Mexican type flavors and is hearty and filling. Vegetarian and easily made vegan by omitting the cream.
- 2 shallots, finely diced
- 2 cups butternut squash, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1 medium yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, divided in half
- 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed well
- 1 cup corn kernel, fresh or frozen
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream (optional)
- 1 roasted red pepper, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- <1/8 tsp cayenne
- Pour oil into a medium soup pot and turn head to medium. Add shallots and cook over medium heat until slightly softened, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add squash, 1/2 T of paprika, and cook another 7 minutes or so until it has absorbed the oil and softened.
- Add carrots, potato, broth, and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium and cook at a low boil for about 20 minutes, or until carrots fall apart when pierced with a fork.
- Turn off heat and allow the soup to cool a bit, about 10-15 minutes.
- When soup is slightly cooled, insert an immersion blender into the pot and puree all ingredients - this should only take about a minute to get a smooth puree. Return to medium heat and bring to a simmer again.
- While simmering, add the remaining paprika and other spices to taste. Careful not to use more than the barest dusting (really just a few granules) of cayenne or your soup will be very hot! This is just for zest, not for heat.
- Add peas, corn, and chopped pepper. Let cook for 5 more minutes on low heat.
- Add cream if desired, stir thoroughly, and check for seasonings. Add more spices to taste and lemon juice, then turn off heat. Serve immediately.