Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe has been done, probably to excess, by everyone. I don’t claim to have a groundbreaking recipe for it, just one that I actually like.

I don’t like the sweet spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice – that some put in their soup. Curried soup doesn’t appeal to me – I like curry, just not curried soup. I like my soup creamy & yummy and comforting.

The last time I had the bug to make butternut squash soup, I bought a couple bags of precut squash from the grocery store, and only used one, so I had one left.

Our cat was quite sick just after Christmas and we lost him Thursday afternoon…..this soup was all I had the energy to bother with that evening. I didn’t even take pictures….not even one.

Soup:

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 large (or 2 small but mighty) onions, chopped
  • 1 bag of butternut squash (about 1 lb) (already peeled, seeded & cubed) or a small squash, peeled, seeded & cubed. If your squash is bigger, make more soup or freeze some for another time.
  • 3 garlic cloves….or around here, lots of garlic
  • 1 small apple, cored & chopped. Not necessary, but I had one that needed to be used.
  • sage
  • ginger
  • vegetable or chicken broth, to cover squash
  • Milk, half & half or heavy cream
  • pepper

Technically, you can heat up the oil in your soup pot, saute the onions until they are translucent, add the garlic & saute til it is fragrant, ooooorrrrrr you can be unmotivated, skip the oil, add everything except the milk or cream to the pot, put the heat to medium, cover the works and walk away for a while and let it do what it wants to do. Either way will work…..the dump & go will probably have a bit more of an onion flavour, but I don’t consider that a downside.

Once everything is soft (should be able to squish the squash (lol) with a fork and very little pressure, get out the stick blender and smooth out the soup. Add a splash of milk or cream if you want to – not necessary, but it adds a nice creaminess to the whole business.

You can also let the soup cool a bit and run it through the blender or food processor…..don’t run it through while the soup is really hot, it’s just asking for an accident.

To serve….add some crackers, add some pumpkin seeds, have some garlic toast, add nothing at all – whatever makes your tummy & eyes happy will work. 🙂

Le Chat: I miss you terribly, all your chirping and stomping on my head at 7 am for food. I miss your mouse attacks until you got bored with that colour mouse & bit its tail off. I miss you presenting your tummy for rubs. I miss your silky, plush fur. I miss you bugging for your supper, starting at 4 pm until 7 pm (your actual supper time). I miss your purr. I miss you snuggling with me in the morning while I had my first coffee of the day. My heart, quite simply, is broken.

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