Sweet 'n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup, a creative rendition of sweet meets savory in a luscious medley of robust flavors and creamy vevety texture leaving your tastebuds delightfully stimulated!
Song of the day "Mysterious Ways" by U2.
Sweet 'n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup, a flavorful experience combining spicy roasted veggies including acorn squash and taking the heat off a bit using Penotti®'s Cookie Notti Crunchy, creating a wonderfully balanced array of flavors and textures.
Sweet 'n spicy has always been a favorite flavor profile of mine. I love the way the two balance each other out and create this wonderfully interesting feeling on the palate. This is our last creation in the series of recipes using the wonderful Penotti® products. It has been a real pleasure creating and thinking outside the box making interesting and so delicious dishes. Nicoletta has done wonders on the sweet baking side of things, and I wanted to end on a surprise note using the all natural cookie spread in a savory way this time using Penotti®'s Cookie Notti Crunchy. The chicken satay was amazing, and the Belgian waffle to die for , but this time we are going all out comfort and created a soup that has so many levels of flavor and spice, and a smooth sweet edge that cuts that heat enough to make it a pleasant experience, and help us warm up as winter is still making itself present in our neck of the woods.
There is nothing better when a snowstorm is hitting than to be savoring a warm bowl of this Sweet 'n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup.
There are not a plethora of veggies gracing the stands at the market, but rest assured when winter is upon us, root vegetables plus the squashes are a guaranteed commodity. I personally love squash, it is versatile and so good, especially in soups. I had an acorn squash calling out to me from our pantry and I was thinking of what recipe I wanted to do to end off our series with Penotti®. Strong in my mind was a savory dish and then lightbulb moment "soup". This would be a great way to combine sweet and savory and then I thought of the flavor profiles coming together, I knew that the squash along with some rutabaga, onions, heritage carrots, garlic, and the surprise Penotti®'s Cookie Notti Crunchy would partner well with everything I was doing with this dish.
To intensify and build the flavors I roasted all the veggies adding garlic and spices to elevate the profile. I love how roasting them brings out this caramelization and the aromas of this medley are incredible, so robust and not to mention colorful. I can only imagine how it is going to taste when it all has a chance to mingle in the pot.
Look at those charred bits and roasting all the vegetables together in one pan creates a unity and balance in flavor yet having plentiful textures to tantalize our taste buds. I had to steal a carrot just to make sure it was seasoned properly, wow love those exotic spices! I used a vegetable stock and cream to help thin out the blend and create a beautiful smoothness to this Sweet 'n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup.
The amazing aroma is filling the kitchen and my mouth is watering. I can't wait to dive in spoon and all and have a taste. After pureeing the soup and having a quick taste, after all, we have to make sure it is good, there was something missing, a textural element not to mention a garnish. First of all to break up the color a bit but also to spark some interest in our mouths. It hit me, a thought that is, why not whip up some tempura batter and toss in chopped green onion, and that is exactly what I did, and I have to tell you some of those crispy sweet oniony bits went missing, cannot imagine where they could have gone, lol.
The flavors of this soup are amaxzing, the garam masala that I seasoned the veggies with subtly comes in with that exotic touch that it has, the rutabaga and the squash are incredible with their earthy sweetness and to kick it up just a few notches, there is this backdrop of red curry paste. I love the way those charred bits on the carrots and onions lend itself to provide a bit of smokiness to the mix. There is some citrus notes that the lime leaves so kindly released and some acidic sweetness from the balsamic cream, as this soup was simmering. That unmistakable pepperiness of the bay leaf joins the spice train along side the chili flakes, and garam masala which just play with our tongue. Then there is this smooth vanilla, buttery sweet note that just brushes the spiciness in a most balanced and serene way as it soothes that kick softening its blow gracefully.
I absolutely love this soup. My tastebuds are having a grand old time playing with all the flavors and textures, and what is really amazing are those crispy tempura green onions. They stay so crunchy and it is so delightful to the tongue as the smoothness of the soup lingers in the palate then out of nowhere this crunch and release of that sweet green onion, juicy flavor explodes on your tastebuds ending things off on a high note.
If you are craving a Sweet 'n Spicy dish and winter is still knocking on your door there is only one thing to do, don't answer the door, get into the kitchen and make up a pot of this hearty, comforting and ever so delicious Sweet 'n Spicy Acorn Squash Soup! Don't forget to stock up your pantry with all the amazing all natural Penotti® products, the brand definitely with a choice! The brand that we choose!
I wanted to say thank you to Andrea and Marcus and the people at Penotti® for allowing us to be creative and adventurous with their products. It has been a lot of fun using your vast variety of great products, we are truly huge fans!
Song of the day: "Mysterious Ways" by U2.Print