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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Butternut Squash Soup

Our Sunday Slow Soupers are roasting some butternut squash this week. This soup is Krista's favorite soup~ her blog is called 'In and out of the Garden'. I knew I could count on her for a suggestion of a wonderful fresh soup.
I posted my own Butternut Squash Soup a while back... this was going to be a food challenge cook-off!
Butternut Squash is a favorite of mine, although it is not very popular in the south. Bill wasn't even very sure what it was. I had to pay 8$ for 3 pounds of squash. I could have gotten a watermelon cheaper than that!
I changed my recipe up a little, check out Krista's for the original.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
3 pounds butternut squash
a little olive oil
2 Tbs diced pancetta
1 onion, diced
red pepper flakes
5 cups of chicken broth
1 tsp ground ginger
dash of freshly ground nutmeg
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350°

Cut the squash in half and scoop out seeds. I sliced my squash and drizzled olive oil over each piece. Roast until tender

In a heavy soup pot, saute the pancetta and onion until lightly browned. Add some red pepper flakes to taste, if you like a little heat. Peel the roasted squash and add it to the pot. Add 5 cups of broth and the seasonings and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for about 10 minutes.

Using a hand mini blender, puree the soup until it is smooth and creamy. If it is too thick, add up to a cup more of the broth.
Serve garnished with with sour cream and an extra dash of freshly ground pepper.
Serves at least 6
This makes a thick and creamy soup. It can be made ahead and even frozen to be used at a later time. I served this with a dollop of sour cream and bruschetta. Pure Fresh!
Krista~ you win!

Y'all enjoy!


khb said...

I am so honored! I love the photos you posted and I'm really glad that you liked this soup. It's very similar to yours, so it must be that pancetta that pushed it over the edge!

The Whispering Poppies said...

That looks soooooo good! I can't believe how expensive it is down there though! I LOVE butternut squash, but it is really hard to cut through that first slice before you bake it! lol

Lori Lynn said...

Oh yes, roasting that squash makes all the difference. Your garnish adds a nice touch.

Rue said...

Hi Sandi :)

That looks soooooo good right now! I wish I had some of that squash in my kitchen so I could make it right this minute :)

Have a great Sunday evening!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Sandi, I think a B'ham blogger lunch would be fun. Let's talk about it soon!

justabeachkat said...

I've never had butternut squash soup, but it does look good.


(I like Rhoda's suggestion. Can I come?)

Leigh said...


Hey send me that pic, if you get a chance! Great to see you on Friday. You are just adorable! we need to get together sometime.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Krista~ You made a good choice, we loved it.
Poppy~ I know in Boston you can get is already cut up... not at the pig.
Lori~ Roasting the squash made a big difference
Rue~ It couldn't be any easier!
Rhoda~ let's plan it!
Kat~ I guess it is not a southern thing.
Leigh~ we're going to plan a B'ham thang. We'll call.

Elisa said...

Would love to try your butternut soup recipe at home.

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