Calabaza or calabaza squash, also known as the West Indian pumpkin, is a
pumpkin-like squash with a wonderfully rich sweet flavor and firm texture.
It is popular in the Caribbean as well as Central and South America, and is
often sold in the U.S. in Latin markets, already chopped into chunks. If you
can’t find calabaza, regular pumpkin is a fine substitute.
Here’s a zesty new favorite in the dining room at Pritikin. This soup freezes well, too. Cook up a batch and store leftovers in single-serving containers in the freezer for warm and filling meals and snacks any time of day.
Calabaza is a squash from the West Indies with orange flesh that is moister and sweeter than pumpkin. It’s chock-full of nutrition – rich in Vitamin A, C, and potassum, and all for just 35 calories per cup. This Calabaza Risotto delivers rich buttery flavor and a symphony of fresh herb delights, but for only about one-third the calories of regular risotto.