Monday, March 8, 2010

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

 

Yummy smooth and creamy soup...... who doesn't love that?  This is a favorite with Abe and me (Jimi, on the other hand, doesn't even want to try it- More soup for us!) and it's great on a fall night.  Heck, it's good anytime.

Very few ingredients are needed, so it's something you can make whenever you see butternut squash on sale.  Be careful with the clove..... too much will kill the soup.

Serve with fresh crusty bread and a leafy green salad.

I got this from Allrecipes.com (where I got the picture from too).

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds peeled and seeded butternut squash , cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, cut into large dice
1 tablespoon butter
1 pinch sugar
3 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken broth, homemade or from a carton or can
1 1/2 cups half-and-half (or whole milk)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering.

2.  Add butternut squash, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until squash start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

3. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.

4. Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.

5. Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until squash is tender, about 10 minutes.

6.  Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If using a traditional blender, vent it either by removing the lid's pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid.  Drape the blender canister with a kitchen towel. To 'clean' the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup.)

7. Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.

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