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October 02, 2006

Butternut Squash Soup

This is a wonderful soup for the chilly days of fall. The squash gives it a gorgeous golden colour and cream cheese makes it wonderfully rich and silky. After taking their first bites tonight, the kids asked if we could have it for dinner every night.

Butternut Squash Soup:

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 medium/large butternut squash, peeled and chopped into roughly 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cups chicken stock (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
  • several dashes of hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1 - 2 cups of cream cheese, depending on your taste (can be low fat)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onion in the margarine until soft. Add the squash, stock, marjoram, and hot sauce. Return to a boil, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until squash is soft.


Puree in batches with the cream cheese in a blender/food processor (or use an immersion blender), and return to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Thin with a little more stock if necessary. Heat through gently (if this stuff boils it sends scorching hot blobs of soup flying into the air, which isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds).

Add a warm loaf of crusty bread and you've got a meal as comforting as they come.


To see some other delicious and healthy dishes, check out Sweetnicks' ARF/5-A-Day roundup on Tuesday nights.

7 comments:

Carla said...

Looks delicious. I love the colour. Maybe I'll try it this weekend (after I make your apple pancakes, that is).

Nerissa said...

wow! Hi there, southerly neighbour. Nice to find another foodblogger on Canada's westcoast.

I love the look of this squash soup. Pity so many things like butternut squash are so hard to come by in this little village in the middle of nowhere.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Carla!

Nerissa - I think having poor access to things like squash is a small price to pay for living in such a beautiful place! :)

Danielle said...

I *just* picked up my first butternut at the grocery store (the deer having gotten *all* my squash plants!). It is a sign of fall, isn't it?

Mmmmmm...

Cheryl said...

Okay, I knew there had to be a plus to being a city gardener - no deer problems (racoons maybe, but not deer). :)
Definitely a sign of fall, I love it!

Lu said...

Cheryl, we made your butternut squash soup tonight. It was a "keeper" and very delish!!!!! It's printed and in my recipe binder!

Cheryl said...

I'm glad you liked it, Lu!

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