Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Easy Butternut Soup

I'm not sure you've noticed, but...  I (finally) joined Pinterest.  If we hadn't passed December 21, 2012, I would've thought the world ended ;)  You can follow my pins to see what's caught my eye on other food blogs.  I also created a board with recipes that I've made and loved but haven't had a chance to share with you here (most recently southwestern chicken spaghetti squash salad and mushroom bourguignon).

Meanwhile, this soup!  I can't believe I haven't already shared this soup with you.  It is a staple here and is so easy this barely qualifies as a recipe.  Nevertheless it's a great recipe to have in your book when time is short.

Topped with a swirl of greek yogurt and sprinkling of chives

Easy Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 2-4

1 butternut squash (or other variety)
Fresh herbs (rosemary or thyme work well)
goat cheese, if desired
stock (any kind will do)

Step 1: Roast your favorite squash- I usually cut a butternut squash in half, and then roast (flesh side down) at 400deg until it's easily pierced by a fork.  If you have any fresh herbs, feel free to throw them with the squash (I often put some rosemary in the cavity of the butternut squash).

Step 2: Once the squash has cooled, scrape out the flesh and blend with some stock (may have to do this in batches).

Step 3: Add squash to a large pot and heat over medium heat.  I always throw in some goat cheese and stir until melted, but it's completely up to you.  Use stock to create your desired consistency.

Step 4:  Ladle into bowls to serve.  Garnish as you like, with a drizzle of chili oil, a swirl of greek yogurt, chopped herbs or even savory granola!

Served with savory granola

Savory granola was a pretty new concept for me, but I got really excited as soon as I came across it.  I've tried two recipes so far and this one from Clotilde was the favorite.  This savory, salty granola is fabulous on soup, but can also pass as a snack on its own.  I can't wait to try it on salads or even roasted veggies!

Have you ever tried savory granola??  What's your go-to recipe for an easy lunch or dinner?


In and Around Town said...

This could happen in my kitchen very soon - perfect for this cold weather! Never tried a savory granola, and now I am totally intrigued!

Joanne said...

I've recently become enamored with the butternut goat cheese I'm loving this. And yay for pinterest!!

Delicious Dishings said...

I love the sound of this soup, and I could definitely get behind savory granola on top.

We Are Not Martha said...

I love butternut squash soup and this one looks SO easy. Yes to the savory granola!

Yay for Pinterest!!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

OOh savory granola sounds interesting. And yes, goat cheese is always desired!

Simply Life said...

looks like the perfect soup for this weather!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

I've never tried savory granola! I find regular granola a little too sweet sometimes, so I bet I would love a savory version.

Hannah said...

I adore super-thick, creamy soups just like this. They just feel more substantial or "eat like a meal," as they say. I've really gotta get more butternut in my diet before the season is out!

Erica said...

BN squash soup is one of my favorites! It doesn't require too much doctoring to make it just perfect. Love your version

Candace said...

Savory granola? I'm intrigued. Butternut squash and goat cheese were meant for each other. Your soup looks amazing.

clotilde said...

So glad you liked that granola! I can imagine how well it must go with that beautiful soup.

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