Perfect Day for Homemade SoupSaturday, October 19, 2013
What is it about a chilly autumn morning that just screams "homemade soup"? Cold weather always makes me want to hole up in the house and cook some comfort food. We have been having a stretch of gloomy weather here in Maryland and this weekend wasn't any different. I have really been missing the sun.
To try and cheer myself up and to try something new, I made a delicious batch of Butternut Squash Soup. This was my first time making it at home and I was very surprised at how easy it really was. The key is to have an immersion blender. I recommend purchasing one if you enjoy making soups. It's a lifesaver. This is definitely a recipe I will make again. It was warm and filling, and the thickness of the soup fulfilled my comfort food craving. Next time, I may add a little bit of heavy cream to give it some extra richness, but this soup is delicious all on its own.
Butternut Squash Soup(Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine)
Active Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Makes: 2 quarts
- 6 slices thick cut bacon, cut in half crosswise
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 large white onion, coarsely chopped (about 2-3 cups) [original recipe uses sweet onion]
- 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 1 3/4 cups water
- Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat, flipping once, until brown and crisp, about 15 mins. Drain on paper towels. [Here you can choose to either discard or keep the rendered bacon fat. I chose to keep it.]
- Melt butter in pot over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 15 mins. Add squash, thyme, 1 tablespoon salt, broth, and water; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until squash is tender, 12 to 15 mins. Discard thyme.
- Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and garnish with the cooked bacon.