Saturday, November 24, 2012

This Soup is SO Good, But This is Not a Food Blog

I repeat: This is not a food blog.  And yet I'm strangely drawn to food.  And yet, fully half of my baby-stage-blog posts are about... food.  ("Baby stage" as in "this blog in new and I'm still developing my blogging skills, flexing my blogger muscles, if you will, by writing about food.")  

Today was a big soup day around here, and although I tried three new soups and they turned out great, I simply cannot resist sharing this tried-and-true favorite recipe.  This soup is so good it deserves its own post.  Even though this is not a food blog.  

This soup is so good that today I made a quadruple batch.  

This soup is so good, I sneaked a cup of it right before dinner.  

(See the bags in the background headed for the freezer?  Yippee!)

(WARNING:  This post contains graphic evidence that I use store-bought foods.  Some of it may even be pre-packaged.  View at your own discretion.)  

(an old Family Circle Recipe, but I don't know how to "link" to things yet, so... sorry.)


1 lg. onion, peeled, chopped
1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, chopped
3 carrots, peeled, chopped
2 T. unsalted butter
2 packages (12 oz. each) frozen cooked winter squash, thawed
   NOTE: I have always used fresh squash, so I cannot speak to the quality of the soup with the frozen - it's  
               probably fine
   OF FURTHER NOTE: I usually buy pre-cut butternut squash, obviously placing convenience over thrift.  
               My son (who prefers this soup above ice cream, candy, and liver and lima beans) and I tried to
               grow butternut squash this past summer with the dream of using it for this soup, and saving a buck  
               or two.  The squash we grew was smaller than a breadbox and slightly larger than a breadcrumb.
(*EDIT* 3 cups vegetable broth!  Can't believe I left this out.  You can't have the best soup in the world w/o
      a main ingredient...)  
2 T. sugar
1 t. ground ginger (if you ran out of this last time you made the soup, you may have to send your husband out
      to the store with all the urgency of a national crisis.  It may be so urgent, he may forget to change
      out of his slippers.  Don't panic - this will not change the flavor of the soup, but leaving the ginger out,
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. cayenne
1/2 c. heavy cream (I use fat free half and half)


In a pot, melt butter over medium heat.  Add chopped onion, apple, and carrots.  Cook 7 minutes until soft.
Stir in squash, broth, sugar, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 - 8 minutes.  Puree entire soup.  I use a handheld immersion blender because when I previously used my traditional blender I would spend more time cleaning soup off the floor than actually making the soup itself.  Once blended, stir in heavy cream (half and half).  Gently heat through.  

I serve this soup with croutons.  My favorite is the large variety that are sea salt and pepper flavored.  The salty/spicy croutons are great with the sweetness of the soup! 

So, my advice to you is make this soup and I'm pretty sure you'll love it.  If you do make it, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  (But don't forget - This isn't a food blog.  OK?)  


  1. Ooooooooooo
    I'm gonna try this one, I even a a butternut squash ready to be cooked.....and stock... I actually have every ingredient! (coconut milk replaces the half and half for us non dairy drinkers)
    Thanks T. Will let you know how it goes!

  2. Theresa, I made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge win! THANK YOU! My butternut squash soup recipe is going out the window. Next time I may leave out the sugar but that could be because I used a different type of apple. I even bought the precut squash because of your bad influence. But I did have a coupon ;)

    1. I'm so glad you liked it, Mary! I'm always on the lookout for great new recipes if you have any to throw my way!


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