Since I made soup joumou for New Years, everyone has been asking me for the recipe. Soup Joumou = squash soup, but mark my words the most delicious finger-licking thing ever! This is just one of the reasons I'm proud to be Haitian-American. Haitians prepare this soup on the 1st of every year in remembrance of Haitian Independence Day.
*Disclaimer: I had never made this soup on my own before. But being away from family this time around, I had to tackle it if I wanted to stay in line with tradition ;) It turned out pretty darn good!
Here's what I did:
*Note: You can use whatever ingredients you like; I omitted some items I never actually liked lol Also, depending on how much soup you intend to make, you'll need a sizable pot (or 2)! Also, I'm not big on measurements. Sorry. I go with what feels/tastes right. It works for me :)
squash (i used the frozen cooked squash)
salt & pepper
beef or chicken bouillon (maggi)
spinach or other green leaves you like)
*Other recipes will have more or less ingredients. So some research to find out what you may like!
*Prep time is quite long, so brace yourselves! Music or some form of entertainment is highly recommended.
*It will get hot, so pop open a window if you don't have AC.
Step 1: I used small cuts of beef and marinated it with my spices (diced onions, diced scallions, lime juice, pepper, maggi, crushed garlic, chopped bell peppers and chopped celery). I even put a small tsp of vinegar to bring out flavors. Lastly, I added my chopped parsley spg and a tsp of cayenne pepper. I let that marinate in the fridge overnight.
Step 2: Prepare the vegetables. Wash, peel and cut your potatoes, carrots, cabbage and spinach down to your liking. Use your big pot to Boil the contents (in about 8-10 cups of water depending on how much soup you want).
Step 3: Now you can start to cook the meat (w/ all the spices) until it's almost fully cooked but not yet. You don't want to cook it all the way/or overcook it because you're going to cook it more in the squash.
Step 4: In the vegetables pot, you can now add your frozen squash. To help it dissolve faster, I put it in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes. I suggest defrosting yours about 30 minutes or so before you use it. For my big pot, I used 3 frozen squashes. You may need more or less depending on the consistency you're looking for. I like my soups thick and creamy, so the more the merrier.
Step 5: Stir and let it boil. Then add your meat into the squash mixture. These flavors combined will smell divine!
Step 6: The last ingredient you should add are your noodles because they will soften quite fast. Let it boil.
Step 7: Continue to taste and adjust as you see fit. Add more salt or lime if you like.
*Almost forgot, I added a couple of thyme for aroma while marinating the meat.
It's a process! I hope to get better at it the next time around. Enjoy and let me know how your soup turns out!