Cozy Winter Soup

For me, winter weather = soup weather!

I roasted some acorn squash the other night for dinner and wasn’t sure how to use the leftovers. So I decided to just make a soup!

I didn’t follow a recipe but wanted to share because it turned out pretty good. First I sautéed some shallots, onions, carrots and half of an apple. I used gala but I saw on some other recipes that Granny Smith apples were popular for squash soups.

I cooked all of that in some butter until the onions and shallots were lightly browned. Then I added a can of chicken broth (I did half a can at first and then ended up adding the rest). I brought it to a boil for a few minutes.

I added the leftover squash (I had acorn but any kind could work except maybe spaghetti squash). Continued to boil a minute or two and then reduced it.

For the seasoning I added stuff (no measuring) until I felt like the taste was right. Here is what I added:

Salt and Pepper

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

Paprika

Sage and Thyme

Garlic Powder

I let it simmer for a good 20 minutes and used my immersion blender to blend it up until creamy. Then I let it simmer for some more time, basically until it was lightly bubbling and I liked the texture. I only use my immersion blender half a dozen times a year but I absolutely LOVE it. It is so easy to use, easy to clean up and makes soups so good creamy!

When the soup was done I topped it with a spoonful of sour cream and toasted walnuts. It turned out REALLY good! I liked it a lot.

The only thing I would change: Use minced garlic instead of powder garlic.

You can top it with a bunch of different stuff. Crumbled Goat cheese would be fantastic (I just didn’t have any). Toast some sage leaves and add it to the top. I saw one recipe that had pepitas on top. You can also add some coconut milk or heavy cream to the soup, or add curry to make the flavor a little different. I really liked how versatile this soup is. You can make it sweet, savory or spicy!

From start to finish it took about 45 minutes. Super easy. I would definitely make this again with leftover squash and try different flavors! I love a coconut curry squash soup…

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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