Calypso Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe by PaulaG
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




  • Cut open squash; scoop out fibers and seeds, reserving seeds. Cut squash to fit a microwave safe dish, place in dish and microwave for 5 minutes on high, turn and microwave 5 minutes more. The squash should be fork tender, if not microwave a few more minutes until squash is tender and skin can be peeled away easily. When cool enough to handle peel the skin using a paring knife and cut into large chunks.
  • Cut the ends off the plantains, cut into thirds and place in medium saucepan; cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Place the plantains under cold, running water to cool. When cool enough to handle, make a slit in the skin and slip off the skin.
  • In a large stock pot, add the sliced onion, sprinkle with sugar and cook stirring frequently until onion begins to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Make a slit in the pepper(s); for medium heat use 1 pepper for a warmer soup use 2, with a sharp knife and add to the onions along with the peeled squash, plantains, tomatoes, chicken stock and ginger root; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Remove the Habanero pepper(s) and process in small batches in blender or food processor.
  • Return puree to pan; stir in oregano and sage. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and heat until steaming; ladle into bowls and top with diced mango and toasted seeds.
  • To toast the seeds: Rinse the seeds under running water and drain on a paper towel. Melt the butter and mix in the salt and cayenne pepper. Place the seeds on a small baking sheet, drizzle with butter mixture and bake in a 300 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes; set aside.