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Butternut Squash Soup, A Bowl of Sunshine

November 30, 2010

Is there anything more glorious than a golden bowl of fresh roasted butternut squash soup?

Sure to please a varied crowd.

Trying something new this time with instructions on the photos.  Let me know which you prefer at CookMoreSmileMore@gmail.com

Recipe written in full at end.

Golly, I seem to have forgotten the onions on the ingredient list.  Sorry.

You can start on the soup pot while you are waiting for the squash to roast.

Butternut Squash Soup, A Bowl of Sunshine

Ingredients:

Butternut squash

Onions

Carrots

Soup bones

Broth

Cream

Method:

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the soft seeded middle with a spoon.  Sprinkle the cut side of the squash with olive oil.  Bake the squash in the oven at 375 degrees for one hour.  Alternatively, heat the squash in the microwave for ten minutes, but it won’t taste nearly as good.  I tend to split the difference and microwave for five minutes, then roast for 30 minutes or so, until I smell delicious butternut squash.  You can start the rest of the soup while you wait for the squash to cook.

Dice the onions and heat on medium in a large soup pot.

Slice the carrots and add to the soup pot.  I suggest mini carrots for perfectly tinsy carrot rounds.

Add at least 8 cups of liquid to the pot.  I used a combination of oxo powdered packet chicken broth, tin of condensed beef broth and apple juice.  Classy combination, I know.  I used what I had in the house and hope you get to do something similar or different.  Everything should continue cooking on medium, gently bubbling.

Wash the soup bones and add them to the soup pot.

Add your butternut squash to the soup pot.

Top off the bones and vegetables to cover with more broth if needed.

Cover and simmer for up to 2 hours.

Remove bones.  Thank them for their nutrients.

Add between two tablespoons and one cup of cream to suit your taste.  I use one cup of cream, but even a few tablespoons make a big difference in this soup.

Use a little electric hand mixer to puree the soup in the pot.  I bought my hand mixer for $12.99.  You won’t regret this handy, inexpensive tool.

Add more liquid if you prefer, from cream to broth to apple juice to water.

Makes a generous 6-8 bowls of scrumptious soup. Jump up.

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