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Butternut Squash Soup

November 7, 2012
Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Sometimes my dinner table is a bit like watching a foreign film. I watch the animation of the characters, but I really have no idea what they are saying.

I have two daughters in particular who are known to dominate the conversation at our table, and my husband, well, he’s a good daddy.  He listens with great devotion.

The conversation yesterday went something like this:

Daddy: “How was your day at school today, honey?”

Daughter (whom shall remain nameless): Well, it was fine until the rumors started flying.

Daddy: Hmm…rumors? what rumors? about you?

Daughter: Oh, no. Not about me. Just about other girls, Dad. You know, like, how Sarah likes Jason, but Jason is just going out with Stephanie because he wants Sarah to think he likes someone else, but really he doesn’t.

Daddy: Well, is he a nice boy?

Daughter: No, Daddy. Only, like, four boys in my whole grade are nice boys. The rest of them are all rude and mean. Chew, Chew. But I tried to tell Sarah that Jason was just using her, and she wanted to talk to Betty, who had talked to Lily because she thought that Lily talked to Jason yesterday, but really she didn’t. Then Betty told me that Lily never even talked to her, so I was confused about who she talked to.

(I know it isn’t ettiquitte to gulp wine, but I was confused too about everything at this point and decided I might need a big gulp of wine to get through this one…I glanced at my husband and gave him my big-eyed expression, to which he egged my daughter on for more. For my benefit, of course.)

Daddy: So what did you say about that?

Daughter: Well, I told Jason that he was just using Sarah, and she didn’t know it, but I didn’t want to get involved, (uh huh, sure…) so I just told him that I would see what Lily had to say about the whole thing and if she even liked him anyway. On the way to find Lily, though, I ran into Brent and he told me that I was queen of four-square. I just smiled, but then Evan told me that he could beat me any time, any place. Brent told him he couldn’t. That not even he could beat me, and he was better than Evan. I really wasn’t sure if I could beat him, but I probably could.

Daddy: So are you the queen of four-square?

Daughter: Smirking. Well, maybe. I don’t know. I am pretty good though (this answer was anticipated as this is my child with a slightly inflated ego that I am always trying to gently pat down.) We decided to find out though. So we started a match of four-square and I was up. It was getting INTENSE! She is standing up, at this point, to tell the rest of the story. I hit the ball, but then he came back with a shoe-shiner, and you aren’t allowed to do shoe-shiners. They are illegal. It was so weak though. So I came back with a spintster, and he retaliated with a Scooby-Doo, and I dished him another spinster, but the judge couldn’t tell if it hit the line or not and then the bell rang and it was time to go inside.  I couldn’t believe it!

Frankly, I couldn’t believe it either! I was going to have to go to bed tonight and wonder if Sarah ever figured out that Jason was a jerk and whether or not my daughter was the queen of four-square.

Sigh. To be left in such suspense. That’s life, I guess.

Oh yes, and I wanted to share this butternut squash soup with you. It is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Butternut Squash Soup

This soup has a smooth, velvetty texture with just the right amount of herbs and seasonings. A single batch of of this soup is enough to make dinner for four or perfect for a first course dinner party of six. However, if you’re like me, and you have five kids, you don’t really do dinner parties and you don’t really do first courses. You make a double batch of this soup and serve it as the main course alongside grilled cheese or apple slices.

Of course you could use dried thyme in this dish, but it really is that much better with fresh thyme. I love this soup because it isn’t fussy at all. I typically have all of the ingredients on hand and just need to buy a squash or two.

Butternut Squash Soup

May your dinner table be filled with memorable, entertaining conversation and creamy butternut squash soup.

Trying Not to Gulp,

Amanda

Butternut Squash Soup

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 4-6
Butternut squash has such a sweet nutty flavor without all of the stringiness. You could come at it with
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, removed from stem
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half and half or milk
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 medium butternut squash (2 lbs/5 cups), peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven set to medium heat, drizzle in olive oil. Add onions and carrots and cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally. Then add garlic and fresh thyme; let cook for another minute. Sprinkle in flour; stir and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the half and half, and continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes until it thickens. Once thickened, add chicken stock, butternut squash, bay leaves, salt, fresh ground pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 15-20 minutes covered or until the squash is very tender, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves and puree the soup with an immersion blender, a blender, or food processor (may need to be done in batches.) Be sure to leave an opening when using a blender or food processor to release pressure when pureeing hot liquids. Garnish with parmesan, thyme, or use crusty bread for dipping. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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