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Monday, October 18, 2010

Butternut Squash Soup with fennel seed

Three cheers for winter squash, one of my favorite vegetables!!!

This recipe comes from my friend Wendy.  Thanks for sharing - it's delicious!  I adapted the recipe a bit to make it easier (such as prebaking the squash rather than chopping & peeling it).

Butternut Squash Soup with Fennel Seed
1 large butternut squash
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
6 cups chicken stock
3/4 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

First, slice the squash in half lengthwise.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until tender (when a fork easily slides through).  Depending on the size of the squash, this will take at least an hour.
Remove squash from oven when done.
In the meantime, saute the onion, carrot, celery in olive oil in a big soup pot, adding the garlic at the end to saute for only a few minutes so it doesn't burn.
Scoop the butternut squash from it's shell using a spoon and drop it all into the soup pot.  Add the chicken stock as well.
Allow to cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Next, puree the soup using a stick blender.
Add the vinegar, salt, pepper, fennel seed, and nutmeg.  Adjust seasonings if necessary.


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  1. Me too Penny - re love squash! This looks delicious.

    (do you really post at 4:00 am?)

  2. Nope, no posting at 4 am. I did a few postings all at once last week, then set them to post at a certain date and time.
    Definitely still in bed at 4!
    Hey, are you going to the Tomato Hoophouse Field Day this Wednesday?? I plan on being there, this one is the main reason I joined Craft. Hope to see you there!!

  3. Hi Penny,

    I thought about going, but we are heading to the farm to finish up some work before the excavator comes next week. We have some concrete footings and reinforcements on the barn we need to get poured before it gets too cold. Sorry to miss you!

  4. Hi Penny,

    How was the CRAFT field day?

  5. Hi Angie,
    Craft day was great - he has quite the operation there!!! Got some new ideas, nice to see his greenhouses & hoophouses as well.
    Hope all is well!

  6. Thanks for posting 'my' soup :) stolen from a great chef at Kiki B's in rockford~altho I do make if my own by keeping it vegetarian with veg stock. Hope your readers enjoy!!!

  7. I spent the day freezing my winter squash that was starting to go and I was looking for a soup recipe. Thanks, I will be making this soup tomorrow. I had a butternut apple soup at IKEA and it was great. I have wanted to try this at home. I think the fennel will give it a great twist.