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Jerk-Seasoned Yellow Squash Soup with Coconut
This soup pairs the lively flavor of Jamaican jerk spices with rich coconut milk and buttery, subtly sweet yellow crookneck squash. Crookneck squash is in the same family as zucchini, but its skin is thicker and its seeds are heartier. When cooked, it becomes soft and spongy, perfect for pureeing into a velvety soup. If crookneck isn’t available, yellow summer squash works instead, though its flavor is milder, and there’s no need to remove the seeds because they’re more tender. The spiciness of jerk seasoning—an herb, spice and chili blend—varies from brand to brand, so you may want to taste yours and adjust the amount you add. The habanero also lends spiciness, but we seed it to remove some of its capsaicin. Fans of heat, however, may wish to leave in the seeds. If you own an immersion blender, you can use it to puree the soup directly in the pot.
tablespoons coconut oil OR neutral oil
medium yellow onion, chopped
01In a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, jerk seasoning, habanero and thyme. Cook, stirring often, until the ginger is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the squash, coconut milk, 2 cups water and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, 6 to 10 minutes. Cool uncovered for about 5 minutes, then remove and discard the thyme.