Thursday, February 25, 2010

Butternut Squash Soup

Now for one of my favorite recipes.  Nothing hits the spot like a creamy warm soup on a winter day. Add a cheesey biscuit with lashings of butter and I am in heaven. I perfected this recipe years ago for a women's Bible study group that used to meet each Wedsnesday at my house. My friend Beryl taught the class and I did what I do best, cook and look after the children!

2 medium size butternut squash
3 large carrots
1 onion diced or (onion powder 2 teaspoons)
4 cups water (800 g for Europeans)
2 Knorr chicken bouillon cubes (stock cubes for Europeans)
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine these ingredients in a large pot, cover and simmer until the vegetables are very soft.

Now process what remains in your pot, liquid and all, in a blender or food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth. Put your blended soup into the rinsed out pot that you cooked your vegetables in.
Now add 1 cup of cream (200 g for the Europeans)
and 1 cup of milk (200 g for the Europeans)
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Warm this mixture, do not boil!
Yes, I know this makes rather a lot, but the good news is that you can freeze it and have it again when ever you want.

Now the cheesey biscuit accompaniment. I really wanted to give you my friend Jason's recipe, which is to die for! Sadly, I haven't managed to get that from him yet, so this one will have to do!

2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes

Directions:  Heat your oven to 450 degrees.
Mix Biquick milk together and add your remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

There it is, a nice creamy, warm soup for a winter's day.
Dieters: You can add low fat milk for the cream and milk but again, be advised, it doesn't taste as nice.

Mac gave this a thumbs up as always.
We are headed toward my birthday weekend and I intend to give you, my readers, the thumbs up myself.  We will see  if  Mac can whisk me away for some entertainment.  After all, don't you think I should be wined and dined in the manner I have grown accustomed to?

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