Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I am a true foodie — a meal made with love is the way to my heart. There is this weird excitement I feel when I have the time to really explore & discover new things to cook. I get my second wind as soon as I get to the grocery store after being at work all day. When I’m in the kitchen I feel like I am creating art (I know I’m not the only one) Adding new spices & playing with food I have yet to discover… I’m tellin’ ya, my stress melts away like butta! But what makes me even happier is when I get to share my “art” with the people I love, that is what makes cooking truly wonderful for me.

I’m learning to make it work in the kitchen when I have random things around. You know the whole “There’s no food!” feeling but your fridge/cupboards are pretty full? This used to overwhelm me but now I enjoy the challenge. I did some browsing online & created this recipe with what I had on hand & I have to say… I’m quite proud of it.

Maddy, one of my oldest and best friends, is visiting from DC. I see her twice a year if I’m lucky. I decided to make this because it’s a new Fall favorite. It was so fun having a girls night that wasn’t via Skype. She’s hilarious, I am so thankful for our friendship.

Maddy visiting 10/13/13

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with red pepper and sweet apples

| Preheat oven to 375 while prepping ingredients |

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1 butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and chopped)
  • 2 red apples peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2-3 teaspoons of coarse salt (add as you go if necessary)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Jalapeno chile, thinly sliced, for garnish (optional)
  • Toffuti Sour Supreme (vegan sour cream replacement) for garnish (optional)

Step 1. Once your squash is cut & de-seeded rub it down with some olive oil. Place it on a pan covered in tinfoil (easier to clean up) & bake for 30-40 minutes.

Step 2. Once the squash is cooled & cut into smaller pieces melt your butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, red pepper, squash, and apple. Cook on low for 10-15 minutes until everything is cooked down and soft.

Step 3. Add veggie stock, water, cayenne, cumin, coriander, black pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer & cook until veggies are very soft (about 30 minutes)

Step 4. Pour small batches into a food processor or blender until it’s a smooth consistency. Add blended soup to pan & heat over low. I check my flavor during this time to see if I need anymore salt etc. and thin it out with more veggie stock if necessary.

Serve with Sour Cream/Toffuti & jalapeno slices for garnish if you’d like

Apple butternut squash soup

French Onion Soup

My Aunt Kerry is not only the sweetest woman in the world but she is also an amazing cook. When I think of her I think of summer days, white sand, delicious meals & the queen of family time. I am so lucky to have her as my auntie. She recently gave me my first cook book & tonights dinner was the first of many that will come from it. Thank you so much Aunt Kerry, the second I saw all of the delicious recipes I was making meal plans like it’s my job.

The most difficult (& by difficult I mean time consuming) thing in this recipe is chopping & cooking your onions. Give yourself plenty of time, and I recommend buying yourself a Kitchen Aid chopper to make it easier on your eyes. I also bought oven-safe bowls from Smiths Marketplace that are PERFECT.

On the menu tonight: French Onion Soup

You will need:

  • 6 large white, sweet onions thinly slices
  • 3 Tbsp of butter
  • 6 Beef bouillon cubes dissolved in 6 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 6 slices of French bread or toast
  • 1/4 cup of grated swiss cheese

Your Steps

  • Brown the onions in butter in a large deep skillet until tender.
  • Add bouillon (mixed with the water) and seasonings. Heat thoroughly.
  • Place a slice of toasted bread in each soup bowl either before or after pouring soup in the bowl. Sprinkle with (plenty) of cheese & broil for a few minutes. Enjoy!

I’m not a proud cook or anything…. :)