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Soup Joumou (Haitian Squash Soup)

Served every year on the 1st of January as the Haitian nation celebrate its Independence.


1 Butternut squash about 2 ½ – 3 lbs.

3 cups Macaroni

1 lb. Beef cubes

1 tablespoon fresh ginger chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Garlic cloves

Juice from 2 lemons or limes

1 teaspoon Garden sage fresh and chopped

3 cups shredded cabbage

1 tablespoon Better than bouillon vegetable paste

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoon Fresh parsley

10 cups Water plus extra for cooking

2 cups Vegetable broth


In a medium-size bowl, season the meat with salt and pepper, garlic, sage, 1 lemon or lime juice, and parsley.

Marinate for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Transfer the meat with the marinating liquid to a 5-quart dutch oven, or deep pan. Add 8 cups of water, and cook on medium-high covering the pan halfway. Cook the meat for 2 hours. Be sure to check the water quantity so it does not dry. Add more water if needed as the meat cooks. In the end, you should have about 2 cups of water left with the meat. Reduce the heat to low.

Meanwhile, cook the squash until fork through (about 35 minutes). Remove the squash from the heat, cut in half, remove the seeds, and cut into small pieces. Feel free to leave the skin on.

Place the squash the blender, blend until liquify with cups of vegetable broth and 2 cups of water.

Pour the mixture into the meat, stir. Add the bouillon paste and vegetables, cook for 10 minutes. Stir constantly.

Add the juice from the other lemon or lime, then add the noodles. Cook for 10 minutes. Stir. Serve warm with bread. Enjoy!

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