Thursday, January 1, 2009

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup



I tend to try new recipes for the first time when having guests over. Maybe it's not the best idea, but it has yet to go horribly wrong. On occasion it doesn't go quite as planned, but my hubby has a great palate and creative solutions to help save the day. In fact, sometimes, his ideas end up being even better than the original! Luckily, this time, all I needed was his taste buds to help me out.

So, silly me didn't know that the hollow section of a butternut squash was so small. I thought it was hollow all the through the skinny part too and bought way too many for the soup. Do you have any great ideas for my extra squash?

Silly me also didn't know how difficult they were to peel and chop, but I got through it with some help from my brother-in-law, thanks Alvin! I have since done it on my own with the extra squash I bought. They're tough little guys!

Ingredients:

Method:
  • Peel, seed, and cut the squash into bite-size cubes. Toss it in some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put it in a roasting pan and roast at 350 degrees until the squash is tender (about 30-45 minutes).

  • Put the squash in a large pot and pour in the chicken stock until the squash is barely covered. Bring it to a simmer.
  • Blend the soup until smooth and creamy. Be careful, it is very hot and can splatter easily.
  • Add cream to the soup and stir until it has reached the desired consistency.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with croutons, bacon bits, a few sprigs of fresh herbs or just enjoy it on it's own!



11 comments:

noble pig said...

What a wonderful way to start the new year! Best to you in 2009!

Joelen said...

Looks like a delicious and rich soup!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I always feel some apprehension about trying new things when I have to perform...but on the other hand, it keeps it fun, so whatever. ;-) The soup looks good to me--butternut squash soup is one of my faves.

As for other squash ideas, I have a bunch I posted in the past two months or so if you're interested (e.g. gumbo, pasta sauce, pies, etc).

Happy New Year!

madebymel said...

Seeing this makes me miss the Fall, I love butternut squash soup!

I have a great recipe in my blog for butternut squash risotto if you are still looking for ideas!

gaga said...

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely check them out!

Lorraine E said...

That soup looks great-and here I have a butternut squash that is just dying to be made into something as tasty as this!

pigpigscorner said...

Yes I hate dealing with butternut squash but I love squash soup. I used my leftovers for butternut squash risotto!

Kevin said...

Roasted butternut squash is one of my favorites and that one looks good!

Daily Spud said...

Love butternut squash and it is great in soups. Yum!

Michelle said...

I've tried new recipes on guests too, but I don't think it's the best idea. On a few occasions I've looked like an idiot who can't cook (bad, bad recipes, yes that's right, baaaad recipes). Dum dee dum dum...*whistles*

gaga said...

Haha, maybe I need to let you borrow my husband, he always saves the day when things go wrong in the kitchen!