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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Squash Roastin'

It is cooler here today. Not quote Autumn like but close. The local weather prognosticators say that we will continue to remain cooler as the days grow shorter. A cloudy day is in the forecast for tomorrow...soup weather? You betcha!

~Roasted Butternut Squash Soup~

Serves 8

Ingredients:

3 medium butternut squash 2 Tbs. olive oil 5 fresh thyme sprigs 5 fresh parsley sprigs 1 bay leaf 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock 1 lemon 1 cup half-and-half salt white pepper 1/2-cup toasted slivered almonds

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut squash lengthwise and remove seeds.
  3. Coat squash halves with olive oil and arrange in a large roasting pan or sheet tray, cut sides up.
  4. Roast for one hour until squash can be easily penetrated with a knife.
  5. Make bouquet garnish by tying together thyme, parsley and bay leaf, the traditional components, or substitute different herbs to complement your soup. If fresh herbs are not available, use dried.
  6. While squash is roasting, bring chicken stock and bouquet garnish to a simmer, remove from the heat. Once it is cool, remove bouquet garnish and discard.
  7. Let roasted, softened squash cool, then scoop pulp into a blender. Add enough herb-infused chicken stock so the blender can puree the pulp.
  8. Strain puree into a pot, working it through with a ladle or plastic spatula. A simple strainer will do the trick here, but if you really want to have a silky smooth soup, you could use a finer meshed strainer.
  9. Add remaining stock and stir to combine.
  10. Juice lemon and add to soup. Taste soup before adding all the lemon juice. It may need more or less depending on the sweetness of the squash.
  11. Add half and half. Note: You could use milk instead for a low-fat version, or cream for a full-fat version.
  12. Salt and white pepper to taste.
  13. Serve in warm bowls or cups and garnish with a few toasted, slivered almonds.
  14. Enjoy! Slurp away to your hearts content!

5 comments:

Rosemary said...

Glad it is more like Fall there.
We are getting cooler this week too.
Soup sounds like a great idea.
Thanks for the recipe.
Rosemary

Sheila said...

Thanksgiving yesterday was so hot...especially with the oven on for cooking big meals..!
Today is soup weather and this is my favourite.Thank you for sharing the recipe..!
hugs
xo

Alice said...

Still too hot here for soup and I can't wait until it is cooler. Every time I say that my husband rolls his eyes. Yes, definitely, I'll be complaining that I'm cold soon enough. But with this soup and a sweater, I'll be happy.

justabeachkat said...

Sounds yummy!

BTW, love the music and your new header.

Hugs!
Kat

Terri said...

I made this last year and it was so good. Very, very rich, though!
Terri