Tuesday, October 25, 2011

autumn soup

I often see butternut squash soup on shelves of certain grocery stores, especially one with
 the initials of TJ.  I decided to make it myself instead of buying what appeared to 
be a fairly small box for its price.I checked out recipes (online of course, while 
feeling sorry for my neglected cookbooks). I found mostly recipes that seemed to 
present a sweeter side, and then along came a wonderful one that looked savory.
My choice flavor, especially in soups, is always savory. 
So I got the idea and then proceded to "wing it" 
(which is an expression we use around our house but now I'm 
wondering if anyone else knows what it means.)
It not only smelled good, it was pretty. And delicious. 
Recipe: I wrestled one butternut squash into submission of peeling, de-seeding, and 
chopping into small chunks. After cooking one chopped onion in  olive oil to a softness,
 I added the chunks along with about 5-6 cups of chicken broth (I make my own with paste) 
along with 2 tsp of curry, a shake or two of cinammon, and some garlic and white pepper. 
Once the butternut is a bit tender, I cooled it a bit and then popped it into the blender to puree. 
I warmed it all together, tested it for taste and it was ready.  Just spicy enough to bring a little 
comfort on an autumn rainy day. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (missing in photo.)
Autumn flowers from our garden! 


  1. I have some butternut squash from our garden and have been wondering what to do with it. I'll try your soup! And yes, we use "wing it" quite often around here.

  2. Yum, that does look really good and the ingredients you used sound like they would really mesh well together! Beautiful color.

  3. It looks very good. And no chemicals or additives! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Blessings, Pamela

  4. Sugar pie...we wing it here as well. Really more often that I prefer! :)

    Your soup looks yummy. Did the Gardener enjoy it as well? I have trouble sometimes getting my Gary to eat different things. But would love to try this.

  5. Dotsie,

    Sounds good. We "wing it" around here just about every day when we are not "flying by the seat of our pants"!


  6. I can smell it from here!!!!!yum!

  7. Now that sounds amazing! Thank you for the recipe, I happen to "wing it" much of the time when it comes to making soups. I have never made a butternut squash soup, though. I am going grocery shopping tomorrow and I will put one of those in my shopping cart and see what happens!
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. Podso,
    This is one soup I haven't tasted!The color is amazing! I, definately, understand "winging it"! We also use..."flying by the seat of your pants"...must be that "Air Capital of the World" language!

  9. We 'wing it' at our house too.
    I love Butternut Squash soup, especially when my daughter makes it and brings me some!

  10. Anonymous11:06 AM

    I can smell it from here. YUM!
    Thanks for popping over and sharing your thoughts on my blog, Dotsie. I think I got myself into a little trouble with my feelings about emails. What I meant to express is that some bloggers only send an email to respond to my comment on their blog - they never take the time to read/comment at my blog, and that is my clue that they are not interested in knowing/visiting me.
    I feel the same way when I visit you - like you've invited me into your home for a little chat. Love it!

  11. Mmmmm --this looks delicious! I know that often butternut squash is paired with apples, and like you I like a more savory combination.

    I'll add one hint -- I often cut the butternut in half and roast it first. It can then be easily scraped out of it's shell, and the roasting adds a nice caramelized flavor. I've also invested in a handy dandy immersion blender that goes right in to the pot to puree the soup -- less mess and danger of burning oneself. I bought a $10immersion blender at CVS and it works like a charm!

  12. So funny trying to catch up here on your blog when I see we have the same things in mind. I was just thinking of making butternut squash soup today for the first time. Congratulations on your good news of a baby grandson.


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