Butternut Squash Soup + My Top 10

December 29, 2010

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The rain has graced us for nearly a week and it has kept me indoors – happily kept me indoors.  I confess to being a content  homebody so when the rain pays us a visit for 6 days straight, you won’t find me complaining.  What usually accompanies rain like this is white, capped, local mountains.  NOT! The rain washed the snow away.  Which made my kids super sad.  We have been planning a snowy getaway.  Regardless, I started preparing our road trip lunch(in the hopes that the weather man was wrong).  Made a huge batch of David Lebovitz’s Crack Cookies(with the addition of some mint chocolate chips), sloppy joes, and this yummy (if I may say so myself) butternut squash soup.

I had a butternut squash laying around and it was originally meant for a butternut squash gratin. Yet, never get around to it.  I love butternut squash soup, but have never made it.  I eat it all the time at a great little restaurant in our neighborhood, Fresh Corn Grill. I used the recipe at Elaine’s(Italian Dish) blog as my inspiration.  This is one delicious soup and I am putting it at the top of my Top 10 for 2010.



Butternut Squash Soup
yield: 2 quarts
3 Tbls. butter
2 Tbls. olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped leeks, white part only, cleaned
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh sage, chopped
2-2 1/2 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded + cubed
2 small red potatoes, peeled + cubed
1/8 cup sherry
4 cups vegetable stock
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt + pepper
fresh croutons

• heat butter and olive oil in a heavy pot over medium heat.
• add onions and leeks and saute until soft.  add garlic and sage and saute one minute.
• add squash cubes and potatoes and saute for 5 minutes.
• add sherry, broth, cayenne pepper. cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
• meanwhile, make the croutons.  cube some left over french bread.  add a little olive oil to a large skillet and saute
cubes about 10 minutes.  add a little sea salt and set aside.
• puree soup in a blender and return to a heavy duty pot.  add some salt and pepper to taste and warm slightly.
• serve with croutons.

raining today, therefore snow is expected this weekend.  the kids are pumped for a weekend of snow ball fights, sledding, + tubing!

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My Top 10 Favorite Posts for 2010

Pomme Dauphinois
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Cake in a Jar
Perfect Caramel
Olive Oil Citrus Cake
Chopped Cabbage Salad
Vanilla Crumb Cranberry Cake
Biscotti for the bloggers bake sale (+ met amazingly wonderful friends)
Caramel Bread Pudding
Asparagus and Tomato Bacon Stew