Butternut Squash Soup

28 Sep

Butternut Squash Soup with ApplesServes 6-8

Spotted–butternut squash with an hourglass figure that’d steal Sofia Vergara’s thunder.  And those curves have your name written all over them.  It’s a decent size, weighs more than it looks…you’ve definitely found a winner in that pile of skinny minnies and too-plump chumps.  Celebrate with this Butternut Squash Soup.

Ingredients:

2 lb. butternut squash, skinned  & cubed

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. coarse sea salt

1 tsp. cracked black pepper

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1 brown onion, cubed

8 Cups vegetable broth

1 Cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 granny smith apples, diced

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 400. 

Peel the squash, scoop out the seeds and cube.  In large bowl, add olive oil, balsamic, brown sugar, sea salt and pepper.  Transfer to baking sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes, flipping at 10.  Remove from oven.

Meanwhile, in a stockpot, sauté garlic and onion on low heat in reserved olive oil.  Add vegetable broth, applesauce and cinnamon.  Let simmer on low heat for 1 hour, adding the butternut squash as soon as it’s done from the oven.

In 3 batches, with a reserve bowl handy, transfer stockpot contents to a blender and puree until fully smooth.  Pour first batch into reserve bowl and repeat for batches 2 and 3.  Pour soup back into stockpot and let simmer on low heat for another hour, stirring occasionally.

Garnish with diced Pink Lady apple and, if you’re feeling frisky, crispy bacon—oh my!

Freezes well.  Feel like cooking for just you and your honey?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Low in fat, butternut squash makes an excellent side or meat replacement in vegetarian dishes.  That nice orange hue means it’s packed with beta-carotene which combats breast cancer and supports the healthy lung development of fetuses and newborns.  So, eat up, moms!

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