Comfort Curried Squash Soup

yield 6-8 servings

Our Comfort Curry spice is a mild, aromatic curry blend that adds comforting richness and flavor to many recipes. This recipe is great with either canned pumpkin or puréed butternut squash. Or a combo! If you want added heat, add 1/4 tsp cayenne with the Comfort Curry spice. Excellent with crunchy croutons and a swirl of Greek yogurt

3 onions, chopped
2-3 TB olive oil
2 TB + 2 tsp Comfort Curry
8 cups pumpkin (2 cans pumpkin purée or 1 medium butternut squash, cut, peeled and steamed)
6 cups vegetable stock
salt to taste

For croutons:
2-3 slices stale sour-dough bread, cubed and toasted 

In a large, heavy bottomed soup pot, place 2-3 TB olive oil. On medium-high heat, sauté onions until soft and then add the curry. This will 'cook' the curry which is essential for releasing the flavor of the spices. Once the onions begin to golden and the curry is fragrant, add the pumpkin and stir. Cook 2-3 minutes and then add the vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and purée in a blender, food processor or with an immersion blender until smooth. Salt to taste. 

About 10 minutes before serving, heat your croutons and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Serve with a generous portion of croutons and a pinch of sea salt!