Saturday, October 16, 2010

Butternut Squash Soup

Today, we journeyed 6 blocks to the farmer's market. Lots of great fall fruits and veggies. Squash was $1/each!! So we have 9 or 10 butternut, spaghetti and acorn squashes crying to be eaten, a basketful of yellow zucchini, and a lovely squash that I believe is called speckled head. The farmer told us all about the squash, its origins and its flavor, and we can't wait to make some pies with it! 

He also gave us a fantastic recipe for Butternut Squash Soup, which I have completely and utterly fallen in love with. The flavors are amazing and there's just enough kick from the cayenne pepper to liven it up. Next time I might use a little less cream cheese, but it is so tasty anyway! A definite keeper and a big shout out and thank you to our new friends at Hanagan Farms.  I was so excited to eat this that I completely forgot to take photos of the process. So rather than just sharing my lovely photos of the squash peel, I will be sharing photos of the fantastic final dish!

Butternut Squash Soup (courtesy of Hanagan Farms)

1/4 cup chopped onion (about half an onion)
2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons margarine (we used unsalted better)
4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about half a squash)
2 cups water
2-3/4 cubes bouillon (or 2-3/4 tsp bouillon powder)
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram (we used 1/8 tsp oregano)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1-1/3 8-ounce packages fat free cream cheese (next time I would use just one package)

In a large saucepan, saute onions in the butter until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram (oregano), black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and cook 20 minutes, until squash is tender.

Puree the squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan and heat through, but do not allow to boil.


This post is linked up to DebinHawaii's Kahakai Kitchen and her fantastic Souper Sundays! Please check out her blog along with those of all the other participants.

I'm also linking this to Potluck Sunday @ Mommy's Kitchen, Saturday Party @ Recipes of a Cheapskate, and My Meatless Mondays @ My Sweet & Savory


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