At the ripe age of 43, I’m discovering winter squashes, and I’m just giddy! I usually roast them and either stuff them, fork them, or
mush mash them. But I’m on vacation with no time restraints, so I thought I’d give my new food processor a try with an assembler friendly Quick Butternut Squash Soup.
Warning: I’m an “assembler” so I didn’t measure anything! And I don’t have a good knife, so I bought a bag of pre-cut squash 😉 This recipe would even work on an exhausted, time crunched week night. The whole thing took 30 minutes – from start to finish – and 20 of those minutes required no oversight while the squash cooked (translation: it only required 10 minutes of my time).
Quick Butternut Squash Soup
- Olive oil
- Chopped onions
- Can garbanzo beans (Get the low sodium version & add some more protein & fiber)
- Red pepper flakes
- Big bag of cut up butternut squash
- Vegetable broth (low sodium)
- Greek yogurt
- Half and half (I always have this handy)
Saute onions and garbanzos in olive oil until the onions are cooked a bit. Sprinkle on some allspice (I was cautious with this one, so I only did a couple of sprinkles), red pepper flakes (I was cautious with this too – just a couple of pinches), and a couple of sprinkles of salt. Add butternut squash & broth (I like a thick soup, so I went easy on the broth – I had enough liquid to cook the squash, but it was not submerged). Bring concoction to a slow boil for about 20 minutes (or until the squash is tender). Let it cool a bit and add a couple of generous spoonfuls of greek yogurt (I’ve been adding greek yogurt to everything – it’s one of my new fave ingredients). Using a food processor (yes, my new toy!), puree the mixture adding a bit of half-and-half for the desired taste and consistency. (I’m a faithful coffee drinker, so I always have this handy.) If you don’t have a food processor, I saw a video where they used one of those hand held shake mixers.
The result is a bit spicy & sweet with a bit of tang. I’m hoping I can recreate it someday, because it was perfect!
But until then, I have to find some arborio rice so I can give the risotto a try (see below).
Helpful Resources & More Butternut Squash Goodness
- Livestrong – Butternut Squash Nutrition
- VinoLuci – Butternut Squash Risotto
- Eating Rules – Butternut Squash Risotto