Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Pumpkin Pile (Vertorama), originally uploaded by Panorama Paul.

You know why I love fall? Because it's soup weather.

Last night I made an easy soup using a few ingredients:

Butternut squash - peeled, cubed
Shallot - minced
Garlic - minced
Chicken broth
Heavy cream
Canned tomatoes - diced, canned juice reserved
Local cured lamb (bacon or ham will do)
Goat cheese
Cannelini beans - 8 oz
Fresh spinach - roughly chopped

1. Sautee garlic and shallots in some olive oil.
2. Add squash and sautee. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add enough chicken stock and water (about half and half) to cover the squash. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 mins.
4. Add canned tomato juice, simmer.
5. Add diced tomatoes.
6. Add beans.
7. Add heavy cream - just a little bit, no more than 1/4 cup. Simmer.
8. When the soup is ready (broth tastes right, squash is softened), turn off the heat and add the spinach. I did about 2 huge double handfuls. Stir.
9. Spoon into bowls. Chop cured lamb/ham/bacon etc and garnish. Top with crumbled goat cheese.
10. Enjoy with garlic bread - toast some crusty sourdough or country bread, rub with garlic and drizzle with olive oil. Toast again for about 30 seconds.


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