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…

Sort of Festive

Is anyone else just not feeling it this year? I am trying to get in the mood. I love Christmas Lights. I love that our neighbors have all gone ALL out this year. Yards are full of lights, blow up characters, the whole shebang. It’s very nice and cheery.

Right around Thanksgiving Logan and I did some decorating inside the house, but since it’s just the three of us this year I decided to do minimal decorating. Our mantel is pretty much it.

During our lunch breaks Michael and I went and picked up a tree and then later Logan and I decorated it. We got a little tree this year. I like little trees sometimes and we aren’t entertaining this year like we did last year so it’s nice to just kinda do a little bit.

We put Logan’s angel on top 🙂 –I think he made it at daycare when he was like 2! <3

Kitties were loving the tree. They watched it all afternoon. Hopefully they won’t destroy it while we sleep!

Then I made dinner. I wanted to share this recipe because it’s pretty decent and nice for a cold, rainy night.

Cheddar Ham Soup recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir into undrained potato mixture. Add ham and peas; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 331 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 772mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

Logan is getting older now so we have to wait to put any presents under the tree. Usually we’d just put them under there! But little bug can read now so…..! 😉