Monday, October 18, 2010

Autumn Squash Soup

Have I already told you that the immersion blender is one of the greatest kitchen gadgets invented? Oh, I haven’t? Well, let me tell you… It. Is. AMAZING.

The air is chilly, everything smells like leaves, apples are fresh for the picking -- it’s officially soup season. As you know, I love a good soup. When I received a few butternut squashes in my weekly farm share I knew that there was no better way to cook than up to turn them into soup. Mmmmm.

Chopped up squash and potatoes ready for cookin'

I used to shy away from blended soups. I hated having to spoon hot chunks of squash (or whatever veggie) and broth into my blender for pureeing, all the while crossing my fingers and hoping to not have a disastrous mess. Not to mention when I made more soup than the blender can hold I would have to blend in batches – bleh! Enter immersion blender, which lets me blend everything right in the same pot I just cooked with. THE SAME POT!

The soup before blending

I was eager to put my new gadget to use for this autumn-inspired butternut squash bisque. I used my farm share goodies, as well as some potatoes that were grown by Byron’s mother in her garden.

Final product: creamy and smooth!

Overall, the recipe was pretty good. It was nice and creamy but I could have gone for a bit more flavor. It’s worth making, especially as an accompaniment to something like baked chicken, but next time I might find a way to spice it up a bit more.

Butternut Squash Bisque (recipe adapted from The Soup Bible)
Serves 4
Ingredients --

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 small onions, minced (I also threw in a bit of leeks because, you know, I had them on hand)
  • 3 cups peeled, seeded, and cubed butternut squash
  • 1 ¼ quarts chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup whipping cream (I used a few dashes of milk instead of cream)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons snipped chives, plus a few whole strands for garnish
  • salt and pepper

Directions –-

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onions and cook until soft (5 mins).
  2. Add the squash, stock, potatoes, and paprika and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 35 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Pour the soup into a blender (or use an immersion blender!) and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and add milk/cream.
  4. Stir in chopped chives and garnish with slices.
  5. Serve with toasty bread! (My own addition, I love toasty bread with soup!)


  1. Aren't immersion blenders AMAZING?! I asked my mom to get me one for Christmas last year just so I could make butternut squash soup without having to divide it into multiple batches for blending! For a twist, I recommend adding a tablespoon or two of curry powder to spice it up.

  2. I was so upset a few months ago when my regular blender died while attempting to make milkshakes... but it was such a blessing in disguise because I got to by myself an immersion blender. Another person recently suggested adding curry powder to the soup too, I think I'll definitely try it next time! (Especially since I have a whole jar of it in my pantry and rarely get to use it.)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...