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Calabaza Mojo Soup with Toasted Brazil Nuts

  • SERVINGS: 6
  • VEGETARIAN

Allen Susser serves this sweet and spicy soup at Chef Allen's in Miami. It's named for the brightly colored calabaza, the Latin American squash that's also known as West Indian pumpkin, and the Cuban seasoning blend called mojo. Buttercup squash can be substituted for the calabaza. If you don't have the time to slice Brazil nuts, you can substitute 1/4 cup sliced almonds.

  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 medium tomato—peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
  4. 1 small garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 small fresh Thai, or bird, chile or 1 large serrano chile, seeded and minced
  6. 3 pounds calabaza squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  7. 4 cups Vegetable Stock or canned broth
  8. 2 cups fresh orange juice
  9. Salt
  10. 6 whole shelled Brazil nuts, thinly sliced
  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large nonreactive saucepan. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato, garlic and chile and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the calabaza, Vegetable Stock and orange juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, add 1 teaspoon salt and simmer until the calabaza is very soft, about 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°. On a baking sheet, drizzle the sliced Brazil nuts with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake for about 4 minutes, or until golden. Season with salt.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer 1 1/2 cups of the vegetables to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Stir the puree back into the soup and season with salt. Ladle the soup into shallow bowls and garnish with the sliced Brazil nuts.
Make Ahead The soup can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for 1 day. Rewarm before proceeding. Let the nuts stand at room temperature.