Posts Tagged ‘Butternut Squash Soup’

Butternut Squash Soup With Toasted Pecans

Monday, October 8th, 2012

I love when I find a new ingredient to adore in the kitchen. I have started a mad love affair with butternut squash and I can’t wait to share with you a delicious dairy-free butternut squash soup that tastes creamy and sinful while actually be healthy for you. It is a butternut squash soup that will convert any squash hater into a lover of this fabulous and frugal ingredient.

It can be very easy to make a flavorless butternut squash soup. Without the right balance of spices and ingredients, it can taste a bit like indulging in a jar of baby food. What sets this soup apart from other recipes is the heat from a little curry, the warmth of nutmeg, a creamy addition of one potato, the depth of flavor from a leek, the lightness of the chicken broth, and the unexpected crunchy topping of toasted pecans on top. This unexpected list of ingredients truly yield a complex soup that offers layers of flavors that will have your guests wondering just what exactly is in the soup that can create such depth.

One investment that I have made into my kitchen is an inexpensive handheld immersion blender. Transferring soup to my blender usually ends in catastrophe and the immersion blender has paid for its space in my kitchen over and over again while preparing my favorite fall drinks and soups in my kitchen. I can’t recommend this little gadget enough- it is a game changer for soup preparation!

What makes this soup less labor intensive than other butternut squash soup recipes is the simple preparation of preparing the butternut squash with the skin on (be sure to check out my tutorial) and roasting the potato alongside the squash for your soup. Minimal blending and cooking will have to be done once these have been roasted and it makes the soup come together more quickly for an easy weeknight meal.

I have never become more quickly addicted to soup than I have to this one. I guarantee that this is the perfect soup to add to your soup rotations in the Fall and provides just the right warmth in your belly on these chilly Fall nights.

Butternut Squash Soup With Toasted Pecans
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
 
An easy weeknight butternut squash soup that has the perfect balance of spice and creaminess without the extra calories!
Ingredients
  • 1 large leek
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 potato, cooked and cubed
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 small pinch of curry powder
  • ⅓ cup toasted pecans, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce the skin of the squash and the potato with a fork a few times. Place them on a cookie sheet and roast them for one hour. Pull them from the oven and set them aside to cool.
  2. Halve the leek lengthwise, rinse thoroughly and chop the white and light green parts only. Discard the tough dark green parts. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek and sauté until they start to turn golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add chopped garlic to the pot and sauté for one more minute.
  4. Grab your potato and squash from the cookie sheet.
  5. Peel the skin from the potato and dice. Set aside. Next, cut your squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Using a spoon, gently spoon out your squash for your soup. The squash should easily pull away from the skin.
  6. Add your squash, potato, broth, and seasonings to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes. Let soup cool slightly. In a food processor or with a handheld immersion blender, purée the soup until smooth or to your own desired texture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Toast pecans at 350 degrees on a baking sheet for five minutes. Watch carefully to not burn them.
  8. Scoop soup into soup bowls and top with a sprinkling of toasted pecans.

 

 

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How to Cook a Butternut Squash With the Skin On

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Preparing a butternut squash for a soup can be time consuming and back breaking work, especially if there is a lot of dicing and chopping involved. Today I want to show an easy way to cook butternut squash with the skin on for your soups that requires minimal effort, a single slice, and yields delicious and soft squash that can be instantly pureed for your soups. Cooking a butternut squash with the skin on can be done either in the oven or in the microwave with ease. Today’s tutorial showcases my easy way of preparation.

If you have not cooked with a butternut squash before, you are in for a real treat. Butternut squash is a winter squash and is also known as a butternut pumpkin in other regions of the world.  It has  the same  sweet and nutty taste that is similar to my favorite Fall ingredient and can be prepared in a variety of ways.

The best part about butternut squashes, in my opinion, is that they are relatively inexpensive and can keep for months in a cool dark place, making it a great frugal ingredient to rely upon when times are more lean or the pantry is bare. Stock up on this ingredient when it goes on sale and roast it for easy side dishes, create delicious soups with it, or add it into your favorite Fall casseroles.  The possibilities with this ingredient are truly endless!


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How to Cook a Butternut Squash With the Skin On
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Serves: 4
 
This is the easiest way to prepare a squash with minimal work
Ingredients
  • Butternut Squash- Cook as many as you like at the same time and freeze the vegetable for cooking all season long.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven at 400 degrees.
  2. Prick your butternut squash with a fork.
  3. Cook your squash for one hour. Allow it to cool.
  4. Slice the squash in half lengthwise.
  5. Scoop out the seeds and discard.
  6. Scoop the flesh out of the squash. It should be soft and pull away easily away from the skin.
  7. Alternate Microwave Instructions: Wash the squash in cool running water and pat dry. Use a knife to pierce several holes in the squash. Place the butternut squash in a large microwavable shallow dish, and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove the dish from the microwave. Use a large knife to cut the squash in half. Spoon out the seeds and discard. Place the squash, cut side down, back in the dish and microwave for 5 more minutes. The squash's flesh should feel tender. Leave it in the microwave to stand for another 5 minutes. Use the squash in your favorite recipes.

Be sure to visit my Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pecans recipe for a delicious Fall soup addition that the whole family will love!

 

What are your favorite ways to prepare butternut squash? Do you have a recipe to share with this ingredient? Feel free to link it up below!

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