Friday, November 21, 2008

There's nothin' like a bowl of squash soup on a cold night

There are a lot of versions of butternut squash soup - smooth, creamy, thick, spicy, curried. I love all things squash, but when I make it myself, I make this super easy light version. of butternut squash soup. The ingredients and quantities are a little vague, but I promise you - you can't screw this up.

olive oil
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 butternut squash
2 potatoes (any variety)
2 carrots (sometimes I throw in a parsnip too, if I have them)
1 apple
2-4 cups veggie or chicken stock
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper to taste
dash cayenne or red pepper flakes, chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Peel and chop all vegetables. (It doesn't really matter how big or small you chop things because it is all going to be pureed, but it's best to chop all of the harder veggies about the same size). Saute onions in olive oil until translucent. Add the rest of the vegetables, the apple and bay leaf, and cover with stock. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. When the veggies are soft, let cool a little before blending with a stick blender or in a food processor or blender (be careful blending hot things!). Return to soup pot and season with salt and pepper and other herbs if desired. Garnish with croutons (as in photo), toasted pumpkin seeds, sour cream, or fresh herbs.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Ooh! I've been talking about squash soup all week, I'm going to use this recipe and make it this weekend.