Friday, October 23, 2009

I Did It! I Made The Soup From The Animal Kingdom Lodge!

     We spend quite a bit of time at Walt Disney World in Orlando. My daughter works there. We no longer get all that excited about riding the rides, as we’ve done them all many times over. We do love to eat at all of the interesting places both in the hotels and in the parks.

     One of my favorite places to eat is Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Boma serves an African themed buffet that is very unique and delicious. It can be difficult to get reservations, so plan ahead if you ever want to eat there. On our first visit, I had a Butternut Squash soup that I loved. It was unlike anything I’d had before. It was more sweet than savory and I could taste the nutmeg in it. On repeat visits, I go for the soup first and I have also found that they sell it in the food court at the Lodge. I have several Disney cookbooks, but the soup they listed as Butternut Squash from Boma was not the soup I had eaten. I could tell by reading the ingredient list. Recently, I tried again to find “the right” recipe and I was thrilled to see an undated version on I made it and it is so close to the original that I was thrilled. Remember this is a sweet, thick soup. It isn’t what you normally get when you order Butternut Squash Soup.

     Before starting this process, I washed a standard size butternut squash and pricked it with a knife a couple times. I put it in the microwave (whole) for about 4 minutes until it was soft enough that I could cut it in half, remove the seeds, peel it and cut it into chunks. I placed the chunks on a cookie sheet and followed the recipe. I also pureed the roasted squash with the water (in 2 batches) in the blender, before adding the puree to the pan to add the milk, cream, spices, cornstarch and cheese.


3 ounces Unsalted Butter
11 ounces Butternut Squash, cut in chunks (I used a whole squash, no idea what it weighed)
To taste Salt and Pepper
8 ounces Water
8 ounces Heavy Cream (I used half and half)
8 ounces Milk (I used 1 percent)
1 ounce Sugar, adjust if needed
1 teaspoon Ginger
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Coriander
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
3 ounces American Cheese (I used shredded American/Cheddar combination)

1. In a small pot, melt the butter and pour over the squash. Season squash with salt and pepper and roast in 325 oven for 45 minutes.

2. In a kettle, mix squash with water. Add heavy cream and milk and puree. Add sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander.
3. Make a slurry with the cornstarch and add to the soup.
4. Add the American cheese and continue mixing until smooth.
5. Adjust seasoning.

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Joyce said...

Lucky you to go to Disney so many times. The soup sounds delicious and almost more like a dessert. I will copy your recipe for a future time. Thanks for posting and thanks for the heads up on going to the wonderful buffet.

koralee said...

Wow...this does sound amazing..I love squash so I am sure this would be a favourite of mine! xoxoxo

Mrs. P. said...

I grew up in Southern California and there was a time when we went to Disneyland so much it felt the same, lol. Now we live far, far away from there and a day at Disney sounds like a lot of fun. Your soup looks heavenly. Thanks for posting :)


JUST ME said...

I wish I wasn't so lazy + poor.

Because that looks super.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

JM-This really isn't an expensive soup to make, if you happen to already have the spices. It does take a little effort, but not much compared to some soups.

Thanks for the comments. I am ready to make this one again, soon. I froze a container of it last time and it was just fine reheated.

Mary said...

This sounds like an interesting soup. I'll be trying it as soon as I can. It looks wonderful.

heartnsoulcooking said...

What a different and interesting soup. I'll have to put this in the recipe box. Geri

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sue! I never tasted a sweet butternut squash soup but I know I'd like it as I have a sweet tooth. I haven't visited Disney World in years..I am really looking forward to taking my grandson when he is a little older. It must be fun for you to have an insider's view and cool!

The Fajdich Times said...

Thanks for stopping by today. Your soup sounds wonderful. You may have inspired me to make this. Have a great weekend:)

Kristen said...

That soup looks fantastic! I love squash soups, but alas, my family doesn't. I have to eat it at restaurants instead of at home.

Charisse and Holly said...

Love Butternut squash soup, and so do my kids. Printed and ready to make next time I head to the store. Thanks for that and thanks for coming by today. Holly at

Allison Shops said...

The soup looks wonderful. How lucky you are to try out all the good places at DisneyWorld! Thanks for stopping by and the nice comment.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I have eaten at Boma a couple of times and love their buffet, including this soup. Thank you so much for tracking down a similar recipe, I'm definitely going to make this.

I also love eating at Bongo's in Downtown Disney. My favorite is their Seafood Combo in Cuban Creole Sauce.

Oh, I'm getting hungry now!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Sounds delicious!!!


Tracey said...

This sounds delicious!

g said...

To the person who didn't think she could afford the spices - some stores, usually natural food stores or ethnic markets - sell spice by weight, so you can go in a scoop just a little into a plastic bag to try it for a recipe.

Sue - I'm not sure what template you are using in Blogger, but if you go to your Dashboard, go to Layout, and click on Edit Header, you should see a window that has a place to upload an image.

You need to size your image right for a header. Mine are 1024 pixels wide, and vary in height.

g said...

If you need an image sized right, email me and I'll send you one to experiment with. If it works, then I can tell you how to size your own image the right way.

The new look is GREAT!!!!!


FrugalMom said...

I bet this is amazing! I cannot find my nutmeg, and I don't know how it could possibly have disappeared. That and the half-and-half is all I'm missing to make this....oh and I so want to make this for dinner.