Autumn Delicata Squash Soup

2 delicata squashes, peeled, seeds removed and chopped

2 cups cooked kidney beans
3-4 collard green leaves, chopped
1 bulb fennel, stalks removed and sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 large shallot, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil [rice bran or sesame oil will also work well]
5 fresh sage leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon of dried parsley or a handful of fresh, chopped
generous pinch of ground celery seed
generous pinch of dried thyme
5 cups of filtered water or vegetable broth
sea salt and coarse ground pepper to taste

1. Heat a large sauce or soup pot over low heat. Add the oil, onions, shallots and garlic; saute for about 5-10 minutes or until they become slightly translucent. Next add the sage, turmeric, paprika, parsley, celery seed, and thyme. Stir until the spices are blended well.

2. Add in the squash, fennel and water [or broth]. Simmer on low for about 30-45 minutes. Once the squash become tender add in the beans and collards. Simmer for another 10 minutes or so on low and serve.

Serves: 6-8
Total time: 1 hour


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