Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winter Means Soup

When cold weather starts coming in, I want warm soup in my belly. Having heard similar sentiments from others, time to time as well, I wanted to share a new recipe I've been making this year. The butternut squash is local, and organic, which I think imparts a special something to the soup. It's always an exciting challenge to see what I can do with the items that come in from our weekly co-op, but sometimes I don't have the energy to do a huge involved meal and I think this simple soup is a great fix for a down-trodden soul at the end of a long work day.

Creamy Butternut Squash Tomato Soup


2 Medium Butternut Squash, Halved and Seeded

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (Plus a couple more for roasting the squash)

1/2 Onion, Diced

2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste

2 Teaspoons of Herbes de Provence

1 Teaspoon of Paprika

1 Teaspoon of Cayenne

6 Cups of Chicken Stock (Or stock of your choice)

1 Tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar

Salt to Taste
1/2 Cups of Heavy Cream


To roast the squash, (you can do this several days in advance if you like,) halve and seed, then drizzle a bit of olive oil across the flesh and massage the oil on the cut face. Place the 4 parts onto a baking sheet, cover with foil and roast in the oven on 350 degrees for approximately an hour, or until a fork slides very easily into the flesh. Remove and let cool. (I wrapped mine in foil and kept it in the fridge for a couple of days until I was ready for the soup.) In a dutch oven, toss your onions, garlic and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saute on medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add the tomato paste, Herbes de Provence, Paprika, and Cayenne. Continue to cook on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. You just want the paste flavors to come together and build a base. Meanwhile, scrape the flesh from your squash with a spoon and add it to the pot. Stir the squash into the paste to combine and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the stock and vinegar. Bring this to a boil, then reduce to simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Puree the soup with a stick blender, or in a regular blender. Finally, stir in your cream.


  1. Pretty! I like the Jackson Pollack effect.

  2. Thanks! I did go to art school, maybe it's coming out in my food. ;)
    Please let me know if you try the recipe!