butternut squash soup

happy monday and i hope you had a great weekend. i had a great one at my friend’s baby shower saturday and having too much fun that night, which led to sunday funday on the couch watching movie after movie and the oscars (can’t wait for fashion police tonight). i did make it off the couch to make a delicious dessert that ryan calls “dangerous” (coming from a self-proclaimed dessert hater) – recipe reco to come, don’t you worry.

so i’ve never been much of a soup maker, but  this winter i’ve gotten the soup bug. i bought a butternut squash on our stanley’s run, with no idea what i was going to do with it. i ended up making a soup, and  if you know what’s good for you (literally), you should make it too.

ingredientscast of characters: chicken broth, butternut squash, cream, ginger, butter, garlic, onion, carrot
not pictured: s&p, milk, olive oil

let’s begin.

first pump some iron and do some push ups to increase your bicep strength. then cut the squash lengthwise.

cut the squash

i didn’t prep my biceps and needed to use the biggest knife i had. it was quite the workout.

next scoop out the seeds.

scoop

(i think you can cook the seeds like pumpkin seeds, but i was lazy and just threw them out.)

peel the squash. this is not the time for a veggie peeler, use a knife (carefully). make sure you rest it on a flat side so it’s steady.

peel

chop the squash, carrots and onion.

chop veggies

saute the veggies with some butter and olive oil in a large pot. then add garlic…

garlic

and ginger…

ginger

and some chicken stock. simmer for a bit, then add the cream/milk/half and half (pick your poison).

add cream

then blend it up with an immersion blender or in batches in your blender.

blend
make sure to blend it well. chunks are not a friend in this soup. taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

enjoy!

that is one good looking soup (if only i had better light to photograph it better. daylight saving are coming!)

soup

serve with some warm and crusty just-out-of-the-oven bread (and asparagus, to be like me).

meal

butternut squash soup
serves approximately six

1  tablespoon  butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4-5  cups  peeled & cubed butternut squash (about 2-3 pounds)
2 chopped carrots
1 small  sweet onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (add less for lesser hotness)
3  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarians)
1/8  cup  heavy cream
1/8 cup skim milk
(or 1/4 cup half and half)
salt & pepper, to taste

melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. add squash, carrot, and onion and sauté for 12 minutes. add chicken broth, garlic and ginger and bring to a boil. cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. remove from heat; stir in cream and milk. blend soup, either with an immersion blender or in blender (remove center piece of lid to allow steam to escape, place a towel over opening). make sure soup is well blended (no chunks). add salt & pepper to taste.

serve with warm, crusty french bread and enjoy.

recipe adapted from cooking light

tip: store your leftover unpeeled ginger in a ziplock bag in your veggie drawer. according the to internets, it should last for a couple weeks. 

seriously folks, it was so good. sweet, savory and velvety, with a touch of heat from the ginger. and it was fairly easy, apart from cutting the squash. but because of the workout from cutting it, this soup has, like, negative calories.

enjoy!

{justine}

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