Amazon Bean Soup with Winter Squash & Greens

February/March 2006

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Shaped like a flattened drum, buttercup squash most closely resembles the local squash used in this comforting hearty soup from northern Brazil. It has a dark green peel, a grayish turban-shaped top and dense orange flesh. Hubbard, butternut or delicata squashes could also be used. Instead of the lip-numbing Brazilian green jambu, we have used spinach. For a more festive look, serve in a roasted squash half (see Tip).

"This soup is GREAT! We recently acquired a list of catabolic foods to help with our diets/exercise program and were happy to see four of the ingredients were catabolic! Very tasty and enough left over for tomorrow! :P D.A.Cool "
Amazon Bean Soup with Winter Squash & Greens

12 Reviews for Amazon Bean Soup with Winter Squash & Greens

Cloyingly sweet & one note

I was really excited to try this recipe, we're always looking for new healthy meal ideas! Unfortunately, the finished product was overly sweet from the buttercup squash & lacked depth of flavor. Even after jazzing it up some & trying it for lunch again today, (sometimes leftovers are better) I'm sorry to say this meal will not be repeated again. The good news is that our 10 month old seemed to enjoy it as a purée, so, I'll be blending up what's left & freezing it in cubes for future meals. Waste not, want not!

Nice texture & consistency, great flavor profile for children
Yum! I used delicata and added barley

Yum! I used delicata squash since that's what I had in the house and it worked great. My husband balks at anything too soup-like so I usually find a way to bulk any soup into a stew. I added 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking barley at the end and voila, stew!


I've made this soup twice in the past week. We are trying to eat gluten, sugar, lactose and soy free so this recipe was perfect and very delicious. I used butternut squash and used a potato peeler to peel the skin off before I cut it up. It really worked slick. I cooked up my own pinto beans the first time and used canned the second. There was no difference in the taste.

fantastic and easy to use substitute ingrediants

This is a fantastic soup that can be easily and deliciously substituted with local, available ingredients....any local winter squash or combo of hard winter squashes.....any kind of beans works well----black, white, red, pink or brown without loss of nutrtion.....the roasted squash bowl is a great presentation but does not need to be done to enjoy this soup!

very tasty and nutritious
Delicious and hearty on a cold day!

The flavors in this soup are so tasty! I skipped the squash bowl and used butternut squash. I love the fact that this recipe is so healthy and tasty at the same time. This will be a regular for me!


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