i guess that 10 pound butternut squash i hauled from the city to my village was a little bit more than i actually needed. but too much butternut squash is never a bad thing. either is an unexpected upper body work-out.
i had originally tossed what extra butternut squash casserol filling i had into a tupperware container and sentenced it to the freezer until i figured out what to do with it. the 6ish cups or so that i had freezing had some cream cheese and a little bit of sugar so i wasn’t sure how i’d use it in something not topped with marshmallows.
but i found my answer in soup form, though not the 1990s book series, just to be clear. i tweaked this recipe a little and turned my frozen lump of leftovers into a five star soup. i don’t have any form of a blender except for my arm muscles and old school potato masher. so my version is a bit chunky, though this is something i prefer.
i was really pleased with the way it turned out — creamy but just slightly, savory balanced with a hint of sweet. and since i just commuted into the city to purchase feta, i deiced to throw some in as well which really adds a nice tang. overall, this soup is a ‘souper’ winner. heh heh.
creamy butternut squash soup
makes 8 servings
- 1/2 onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6ish cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
- 6 cups water
- 3 cubes chicken bouillon
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- feta crumbles to top
1.) in a large saucepan, saute onions in olive oil until tender and slightly browned. add squash, water, bouillon, sugar, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
2.) at this point you can either puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth, OR use a handheld potato masher if you want it a bit more chunky.
3.) return to saucepan, and heat for a few more mintues, but do not allow to boil. when ready to serve top with a few crumbles of feta cheese (or whatever your heart delights).