Vegan Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Potage With Chili and Cocoa Powder For Winter

 Slow cooker butternut squash potage with chili and cocoa powder

Being a student, I am often too busy to spend much time cooking for myself. As a culinary student, I find this a little upsetting because that means less time to experiment with ingredients and techniques. Luckily, the slow cooker is here to save the day.

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Winter is the best time to pull out the slow cooker and infuse your kitchen with the rising aroma of a warm, home cooked meal. This simple recipe cooks on low for ten hours, rendering each ingredient incapable of holding any form. A potage is a smooth, uniformly blended soup. The best way to make a potage is low heat for several hours. Using a slow cooker means you can just toss the ingredients in the crock, set the temperature and forget about it until it is done.

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It is commonly known that chili and cocoa pair well together. This combination can be found in many desserts, from spicy hot chocolate to chili chocolate tarts. Sauces like black mole and chocolate chili barbecue sauce are excellent to compliment flavours in poultry and meats. Even chili chocolate beer exists. I thought it was time to combine chili and cocoa powder with butternut squash. The deep, density of cocoa brings out the earthy qualities to butternut squash and chili always adds an incredible kick. Those combined with the nutty coconut milk makes a perfect, hearty winter meal. This recipe got me through a week’s worth of lunches (and few dinners on really busy days). 

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Butternut Squash Potage With Chili and Cocoa Powder

Ingredients

 

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ¾-1 teaspoon salt

Directions

 

Remove the skin from the squash and cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Cut the squash into large chunks.

Place all ingredients in a large 6.5-quart cooker and cook on low for 10 hours. I usually start my before I go to bed and forget about it until morning.

 

When your soup is finished cooking, it is time to turn it into a potage. Using an immersion blender, blend ingredients together until completely smooth.

 

Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with feta or goat cheese, paprika and cracked pepper.

 

There will be a lot of soup, so you may want to portion some into containers and freeze for later.

 

Makes 6 quarts

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Vegan Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Potage With Chili and Cocoa Powder For Winter

  1. Noor February 18, 2015 / 8:51 PM

    Might very well add that one to my soup treasures

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  2. adabeie July 9, 2015 / 1:14 AM

    This is the second recipe of yours I’ve tried (the first being the tomato sauce), and I have to say, it’s awesome. I altered a few of the proportions because I wasn’t sure what constituted a ‘large’ butternut squash, ie, one can of coconut milk instead of two, and used beef bone broth instead of water for one of the two cups. The consistency is perfect, so I think my squash was a bit on the small side. The flavor is incredible, and though cutting up the squash (it was perhaps more of a pumpkin than a butternut squash, the word for which I don’t yet know in Korean) was a little slog with dull kitchen knives that need replacing, the rest was a breeze and I blended it this morning. Absolutely awesome.

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    • Turmeric and Twine July 14, 2015 / 11:57 PM

      Wonderful, adabeie! I’m glad you’re getting so much use of your slow cooker! Slow cookers are amazing. They make all the meals easier and tastier.

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