Monday, November 19, 2012

Butternut Squash Soup

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the temperature beginning to dip a bit this a perfect time to introduce one of my favorite soup recipes. Butternut Squash Soup is the bomb! I love making it. I love smelling it. I love eating it! This stuff is proof that there is such a thing as a foodgasm!

Butternut Squash Soup is easy to make, can be refrigerated for up to four days, and tastes just as good on day four as it did on day one.

Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Soup


2 large butternut squash (about 4 1/2 lbs.) or 4 lbs. peeled and cubed butternut squash
2 medium onions
3 cloves garlic 
3 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt plus more to taste
8 cups chicken broth


Halve, seed, peel, and cube the butternut squash. Set aside.
Halve, peel, and chop the onion
Mince the garlic.
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter or oil and the chopped onion. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the squash and the broth. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.
Transfer small batches to a blender. Hold a kitchen towel over the top (to prevent burns) and whirl until completely and utterly smooth, 2 to 3 minutes per batch.
Return the soup to the pot and add more salt to taste.
Serve hot with warm Semolina Bread.
Makes about four servings.

As a side note; transferring the soup to a blender is a dangerous proposition. It's hot and cooking burns are no fun. Take it from me. I know. If you want to skip the blender step, there is an alternative. Buy an immersion blender. They aren't all expensive and you'll be amazed at what you can use them for besides making the yummiest Butternut Squash Soup in the world.
Here is the immersion blender I use: 

 It's inexpensive. I have had it for over a year and never had an issue with it's performance, it cleans up easily and you won't burn yourself pouring hot soup into a blender. 

Enjoy the soup and please let me know how you make out with the recipe.

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