Monday, January 24, 2011

Thick And Tasty Butternut Squash Soup

Brrrr!!  It's cold out there.  Temperature today hit -30ºC, without factoring in the windshield. (-30 ºC = -22 ºF)  Want to see just how cold?  It's cold enough to freeze boiling water on contact.  Just check out this iReport video from CNN.  

Now this weather calls for some serious soup. I mean, not just a hot bowl of soup, but one that is thick and tasty to warm you through and through.  I came up with this butternut squash soup recipe a couple of years ago, and it fast became a family favorite for these cold winter nights.  In fact, we enjoy it so much, that I cannot help making it even in other seasons (thank G-D for air conditioning in the summer, so we can actually enjoy our meal)  This soup is super easy, and super tasty.

Thick And Tasty Butternut Squash Soup

2 medium onions - diced
1 medium butternut squash - diced
3 cloves garlic - coarsely chopped
4 1/2 teaspoons chicken soup mix
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 Tablespoon canola oil

Heat canola oil in pot over medium heat.  Saute onions till just starts to brown.  Add butternut squash and garlic and continue to saute for 3 minutes.  Add spices and 5-6 cups water to pot and bring to boil.  Lower to simmer.  Simmer for 30 minutes, until butternut squash is soft.  Blend with an immersion blender in pot or in batches in a regular blender.  Garnish with fresh coarsely crushed pepper.

Hope you're enjoying the cozy indoors,


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