Acorn Squash, Pear and Adzuki Soup with Sautéed Shiitakes

Acorn Squash, Pear and Adzuki Soup with Sautéed Shiitakes

2 T. peanut oil

1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/4 inch thin slices

1 red pepper, cut into 1/4 inch thin slices

2 tsp. minced ginger

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Chinese five spice

2 acorn squashes, seeded, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch chunks

2 firm bosc pears, peeled, seeds removed and sliced into thin slices (roughly one inch long)

4 C. vegetable broth

15 oz can adzuki beans, drained and rinsed (about a C. and a half)

1 T. fresh lime juice

4 oz fresh shiitakes, sliced in half (about a C. and a half)

2 tsp. peanut oil

1/2 tsp. sesame oil

1 T. soy sauce


Preheat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the oil and sauté the onions and peppers for about 10 minutes, or until onions just begin to brown. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté a minute more. Add the salt, Chinese five spice, acorn squash and pear and cook for another minute, stirring often. Add the vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, set the heat to medium-low to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Puree half the soup by transferring half the soup to a food processor or blender and then back into the rest of the soup. Add the adzuki beans and lime. Cover and simmer on low, just until the beans are heated through. While the soup is heating, prepare the mushrooms. Preheat a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Add the oils and sauté the mushrooms for about 7 minutes, until they are soft. Add the soy sauce and stir constantly until the soy sauce is absorbed (about 1 minute). Ladle soup into bowls and top with sautéed mushrooms.

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