A Little Taste of Fall

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I love butternut squash however it’s prepared. The texture, taste and nutritional value are what I enjoy most about this vegetable. This year, we planted a bit too much of everything, including the squash. So in the meantime, I’ve been handing out free squash like it’s my day job and also making delicious butternut squash soup. I must say, my mom has inspired me to make this soup-so I must give her the credit as it was not my idea. I also must give Ree Drummond, also known as the Pioneer Woman, credit for this recipe. It is a bit tweaked, but for the most part, this recipe comes straight from her cookbook called “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime.” If you’ve never heard of the Pioneer woman, be sure to check her website out as she has plenty of hearty and scrumptious recipes ideas.

Her website can be found at https://thepioneerwoman.com/

And now, for the butternut squash soup recipe!!!

Servings: 12

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth

1/2 cup of heavy cream (I used half and half because that’s all we had, and it turned out fine)

1/2 cup of maple syrup (#yum)

1/2 of teaspoon kosher salt

Optional: I added chili flakes, up to you!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the squash on two rimmed baking sheets and drizzle it with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Roast until soft and brown (30-40 minutes).
  3. In a large pot, cook the onion with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook for about 7-8 minutes
  4. Add the roasted squash to the pot
  5. Add broth to the pot
  6. Add heat to the mixture until bubbling
  7. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth
  8. Add cream, maple syrup, and salt
  9. Stir and let it simmer for 5 minutes
  10. Serve the soup!

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:30-31

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