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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Butternut Squash

I have always thought of butternut squash soup as a 'fall' time meal. The large squashes are scarce in Alabama. Now it is easy to get butternut squash year round. In fact I even found it at Whole Foods already peeled and cubed~ the work is done for you!

Butternut Squash Soup
2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 hand full fresh basil, chopped
5 cups chicken broth
a pinch of nutmeg
2 cups cream
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large pan, combine all ingredients (except cream) and cook until squash is tender. Allow to cool. Pour into a blender and mix until smooth. Pour thickened mixture back into the soup pan. Add 2 cups cream. Slowly heat. Serve with a garnish of fresh basil and a dollop of sour cream if desired.
It may be officially spring...but a yummy bowl of butternut squash soup will warm you after sitting out at softball practice. In another month we will be hollering about how hot it is~ and about the pitching!
Y'all enjoy!


Kristen said...

I need to find the peeled and cubed variety... how easy is that?

Your soup looks great!

The Decorated House said...

I'm so happy you stopped by my site and left your nice note so I could come by here! I love food, and your site is just yummy!

Gattina said...

I'd love eating it all-year around too! It'll be great if it sold here peeled and cubed, which are the job I dislike...

jerry said...

I'm going to have to go looking for the peeled and cubed variety myself. I Love butternut squash, it's the "secret" ingredient in my chili. (OK, not so secret anymore)

Cheryl said...

I don't think I have ever tried squash in my life. Yeah, I know. This looks like a good excuse to finally try it.

purple cucumbers folk art said...

I just emailed a whole big mess of the red hat ladys to customise their hats.SO y'all might be seeing them around,hopefulley in all colors.!

purple cucumbers folk art said...

was just reading darling,I am working on a cook book with my own illistrations and the recipes are old family some 6 generations.ime adding y'all to my Alabama girls links.

Susan C. said...

Hey Sandi! Thanks so much for stopping by Blackberry Creek and leaving your blog address. Blackberry Creek will now carry a link to your site. We're neighbors, you know, in real life. I'm in Leeds, just a very short drive up Hwy. 78 from you. I haven't been to the Irondale Cafe in a long time. Do they still have fried green tomatoes and blackeyed peas? I'm making a vow to go there for lunch real soon and to check your blog often.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I absolutely LOVE butternut squash, though I've never eaten it as a soup. We usually add brown sugar to it on Thanksgiving. Thank you for visiting my blog this morning -- did you hear that our shop placed an order with you on Friday?! Can't wait to start selling those wonderful mixes!!!

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

I don`t think I like squash but I sure do love asparagus and that cabbage dish looks yummy too!
You make the most wonderful dishes!


sandi said...

Kristen & Gattia~ the peeling an cutting in half the work!
Donna~ you are welcome to our house anytime.
Jerry~ the secret's out!
Cucumbers~ thanks for adding my link!
Susan~ the Irondale cafe will always serve fried green tomatoes- as long as people will come and eat them
Beachy~ I can't wait to see our products in Cape Cod! Maybe I can be the delivery person.
Tea~ Likewise I'm sure.

Diane said...

Its so nice to see butternut squash getting some publicity. It is such a nutritious vegetable (or is it a fruit?) Packed full of vitamins and antioxidents. I was reading recently that butternut squash is a power food with anti-cancer properties.

We all need to eat more. Thanks for a great recipe.

Diane Watkins

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