Nothing makes me happier than blog requests. I think it’s for the same reason I love to cook and feed people; I love taking the time and thinking about the delight and pleasure my guests will get out of the meal that I am preparing. It’s my truest expression of love, with each turn of the spatula, each kneed of the dough, each slice of the knife, I am thinking of who I am preparing the meal for. How to cater to their tastes, how to make them smile, to nourish not just the body but the soul and the spirit and with this act of love, I in turn, am nourishing my own self as well; feeling full not just from the meal but of love and gratitude for being able to give the gift of food to friends and readers. Really it’s a win-win and then, a great meal too! So when a reader or a friend requests a recipe, I can’t wait to take the time to blog it. My co-worker and friend Ellie, has been patiently awaiting this recipe after a party at my home. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough food for the crowd that was about to descend upon the house so at the last minute I took stock of my pantry and saw that I had all the makings of Butternut Squash Soup. Then one- two- three, soup’s on! This recipe is simple but oh-so filling. It shines as a first course but has enough oomph to stand alone as a main dish and is perfect for those gluten free and vegetarian guests and loved ones.
Butternut squash is incredibly versatile. The creamy texture works great in many dishes but it reaches its full potential in soup form. It’s so velvety and dense; it doesn’t need a lot of work or added thickeners. You can make Butternut Squash Soup with just the squash and onion but I love to add in tart, crisp apples and a sweet potato. I feel these two extra ingredients take this recipe to the next level of yum. Fresh herbs make everything better so try not to use dried sage if you can help it but in a pinch it will do. With simple recipes, the quality of the ingredients is even more important. Finally, whenever I make a soup, be it a broth based soup like chicken noodle or a creamy soup like this one, I always, always sauté my ingredients, it pulls out the flavors and it makes all the difference in the world. So take the time to brown your veggies before you add broth and simmer them down. You will be left with a soup that you will make you want to lick the bowl when you’re finished.
You will need:
- 1 butternut squash, cubed*
- 1 bunch of sage minced
- 2 apples cubed
- 1 onion minced
- 1 Sweet potato cubed
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth**
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup cream or half and half (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Heat butter in pan and add onion, cooking for 3 minutes or until translucent
- Add squash (reserving 1 cup of cubed squash), potato, apples, and sage and sauté for 10 minutes
- Add broth and bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer until vegetables are soft
- Pour chunky soup into blender and puree
- Pour pureed soup back into pot and add reserved cubes, simmering until reserved cubes are al dente
- Add salt and pepper to taste and cream if desired
*How to prep your butternut squash: Slice in half and remove seeds; with the flesh side down, use a peeler to remove the skin and then slice into cubes.
** For Marcella Rose’s simple chicken broth recipe click here