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Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup

The holidays have run away with my schedule.  I finally got to making this on Friday, though, which has been on my list for a while.  I found the recipe over at Tartelette.  She mostly posts about sweet things (no surprise here), but occasionally has some tasty savory recipes as well.

I didn’t have any fresh thyme, so I did mine with dry.  Unfortunately I think that I overdid it.  I guess measured in my hand, and since dry also packs so much tighter than fresh, I think that the thyme was over done.  But it was still a tasty and savory soup, and the recipe is below, courtesy of Tartelette.

Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes (seeds scooped out & saved)
1 small acorn squash, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
3 cloves or garlic, peeled and smashed (don’t worry about mincing)
4 cups chicken stock (I did mine with low sodium veggie stock)
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or less if desired. You can also use some sage)
water
salt and pepper

In a stock pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cubed squashes and sautee for a few minutes until they start to get some caramelizing color. Add the garlic and sautee one minute, stirring often to prevent it from burning (or it will become bitter). Add the soup stock and thyme and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook, covered for about 30 minutes or until the squash is tender. With an immersion blender, puree the soup in the pot until smooth. If using a food processor or blender, let the soup cool a bit before processing. Adjust the consistency to your liking with extra water. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish as desired.

This serves four, with some bread as accompaniment (M brought over a loaf of his 5 minute a day bread).  I made my soup in the blender, rather than with an immersion mixer, which worked just fine.  She also lists some possible garnishes, toasted squash seeds, hot peppers, or (for those of a meatier persuasion than I) bacon.  I could see it being fun to play around with that, especially in a version that wasn’t over herbed.

Hope you all are enjoying some good soups with the winter weather.

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December 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment