Cookbook:Soup Joumou (Haitian Beef and Squash Soup)

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  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 scallions, sliced, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped parsley
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 medium shallot, sliced
  • 1 scotch bonnet chile, stemmed and seeded
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges for serving
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lbs. beef chuck, cut into ½" pieces
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1½" pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1½" pieces
  • 1 small leek, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut into 1½" pieces; rinsed
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into 1½" pieces
  • 1 large Yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into 1½" pieces
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and cut into 1½" pieces
  • ½ small green cabbage, cored and cut into 1½" pieces
  • ½ small calabaza or kabocha squash, cut into 1" pieces


  1. Purée garlic, scallions, parsley, thyme, shallots, chile, juice, salt and pepper, and ½ cup water in a blender until smooth; mix with beef in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove beef from marinade and dry with paper towels; set aside. Heat oil in a 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook, turning as needed, until browned, about 8 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender, about 1½ hours. Add carrots, celery, leeks, onion, potatoes, turnips, and cabbage; cook, slightly covered and stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring squash and 2 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until squash is tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving ½ cup cooking liquid and transfer squash and liquid to a blender; purée until smooth and set aside. When vegetables are tender, uncover, and stir in reserved squash purée; cook, stirring occasionally, until soup is slightly thick, 5–10 minutes more; season with salt and pepper and serve with scallions and lime wedges.