Today I ate my Spiced Butternut Squash Soup and thought it fabulous. This, my friends, is the soup that made my daughter roll her eyes and scrunch up her sweet little face as I forced a spoonful through her lips. This is the soup that caused my husband to sigh and say, that's okay I am alright with the leftover grilled steak. This is the soup that I grew two gorgeous butternut squashes for, squealed with delight when our CSA bounty included garlic and leeks, scored a bag of Honey Crisp apples for. Yes, that soup. This is the soup that the neighbors raved about on Facebook because this was a soup that must be shared. It's that good.
Spiced Butternut Soup (adapted from allrecipes.com)
2 large butternut squashes roasted. (Split in half, seed, place on baking pan in water, cut side down, Roast @ 375 degrees F for 40 minutes or until you can poke a knife into it easily)
2 tbs butter
1 onion chopped
1 leek chopped
2 to 3 cloves of garlic chopped
8 cups of homemade pressure cooker chicken broth (that is a post for another day) or 2 box cartons of low sodium chicken broth
2 to 3 large apples cored and chopped
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
(now I like mine spicy, if you want milder, cut it back to 1/8 tsp for each spice)
1/2 cup or a few good glugs of good sherry wine (don't get cooking sherry, it tastes like crap)
1 cup of ( local if you can get) cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, leeks, garlic and apples. Saute until tender. Add chicken broth, squash and spices and bring to a high simmer for about 20 minutes. Add spices, sherry and cream, doesn't that smell great?
Now dig out your stick blender and blend in the pot or transfer to blender in small portions and blend until smooth. Don't burn yourself!
Simmer but never boil. Force your 8 year old to try at least a spoonful. Then have some for dinner, freeze some and bring some down to neighbors who have good food sense.
A day in the life of a foodie who lives in an Eat to Live household.