Today my Mema is helping me whip up our soup recipe!
The first step to our soup soup is peeling the skin off of the butternut squash and slice into cubes about the size of 1-inch. To make this easier, I cubed the butternut squash first and then sliced the peel off the handful of cubes that had the skin on them. This was a lot faster than trying to manage a large squash!
In the meantime, my Mema was peeling and halving the shallots. Don't worry about being perfect everything is going to end up in a blender anyways!
Once all of the peeling. slicing and chopping is finished, throw the squash, olive oil, salt, shallots and the ginger into a mixing bowl and mix until all the ingredients are evenly coated!!
Then put the mixture onto a baking pan, roasting pan or a jelly roll pan and spread out evenly. I like to make sure the ingredients aren't touching to ensure my squash cooks evenly and then into the oven everything goes! Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes. Every 10-15 minutes I would check on the squash mixture and stir it around to help the cooking process. Once your 50 minutes is up, let the squash cool for about 5 minutes.
Add the squash and chicken broth into a mixing bowl and pour half the mixture into a blender or a food processor. If your food processor is large enough you can add all of the mixture and blend until smooth. I used a blender and had to do two batches of blending. Once, your soup is well blended pour the squash into a saucepan and place on the stove on medium heat for 5 minutes or until the soup is warm enough to eat! (If you know anything about grandmas, this is the point of time were she was trying to convince me to add a cup of sugar 'just a pinch' and heavy-whipping cream to my recipe 'A little cream is good for you'.) I won the war this time though.
I just want to curl up in a chair with a great book and sip on this soup all day long!
Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year: chucky scarfs, pumpkin scents, hardy comfort foods, peppermint desserts, and a I can wear my favorite brown boots everyday without receiving 'side-eye' from others.Next week for our Thanksgiving series I will be cooking up one of my grandma's show-stopping side dishes with a healthy twist! Have you tried butternut squash soup?! What are your favorite family dishes to serve during the Holidays?!
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