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Soup is Simple

March 15, 2011

Enough said, right?

If someone came up to me and asked what they could make that would be simple, healthy and sure to please I would answer: soup!  I swear some of the best things that have come out of Joey and I’s kitchen this past year have been soups.  The only thing I will miss about Winter is the excuse to make piping hot soup to keep warm.

I’ve been making soup at least one, if not twice a week since early Fall and I’ve come to realize it versatile is.

Last night I made a roasted butternut squash soup but spiced it up by serving it over cous cous (the food so nice they named it twice — I can’t stop saying that) and added some pumpkin seeds (for crunch!) and goat cheese on top and it took the soup to the next level.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 butternut squashes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  1. Peel and cube squash then place on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Bake 50 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add roasted squash to a pot with vegetable broth and use an immersion blender to puree the soup.
  3. Adjust seasonings to taste.

**If you don’t have an immersion blender, either A) go get one because it will make your life insurmountably better or B) puree in a blender but you’ll have to do it in batches.

My gosh, I knew that soup was easy but writing the directions out just makes me realize how easy it is.  You won’t believe how flavorful this soup is for having such few ingredients.  I’ll miss you come summer, my beloved butternut.

At this point you could just eat the soup but why not add some bulk and serve it over some carby goodness?  Quinoa, rice, millet, cous cous (the food… I’ll let you finish that sentence on your own).  Who knew cous cous was so easy to make?  Or maybe I just bought some instant brand.  Either way, it was done in 5 minutes.  I doubt even Joey could mess that one up.

Soup assembly went like this:

1.  Fill bowl with cous cous

2. Cover with soup

I promise the cous cous is under there somewhere.  OH, right, there is is.

3. Top with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds

4. Bask in the glory and simplicity of your creation, aka take numerous pictures and pretend you think everyone wants to see multimple pictures of your bowl of soup.

Oh and in case you were wondering, and I know you were, this happened again today.

How I had time to make pancakes, walk Tonka and get ready for school in an hour (thanks for not going off, alarm clock) is beyond me.  Tonka wakes Joey up at god awful hours of the morning to go out but I’ve been the one waking him up while Joey’s been gone.  Tonka knows who’s boss.

One test and one paper down, only one more test to go before Spring Break.

If that’s not a reason to smile, I don’t know what is.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2011 7:55 AM

    Pepita seeds totally add to the soup. You can even toast them with a little cumin and paprika for a kick!

  2. March 15, 2011 11:02 AM

    i’m going to miss soup so much once it gets warm outside. I’m already crying a little bit just thinking about it.

  3. March 15, 2011 12:34 PM

    oh i love this twist on squash soup! I’m Polish, we start every meal with soup, there’s no need to stop eating soups in the summer 🙂

    • March 17, 2011 10:40 AM

      Well if I have your approval I’m okay with eating it year round 🙂

  4. March 15, 2011 7:10 PM

    That butternut soup looks delicious. I made some today and it was such fail 😦

  5. March 15, 2011 11:13 PM

    Oh em geeeeee this looks delicious!! And I am drooling over those pancakes like wowow!!

  6. March 16, 2011 10:57 AM

    I too will miss my soup! Maybe if we crank the ac down to like 50 we will be okay to make it every once in a while…lol!

  7. March 16, 2011 1:04 PM

    Haha, I don’t think my roasted butternut squash would ever reach the soup stage! 😀 I would eat it all up before I could finish making it! 😉

    xoxox
    Kathleen

    • March 17, 2011 10:39 AM

      It was so hard not to eat the whole tray before it became soup!

  8. March 16, 2011 5:08 PM

    I love serving soup over a grain! Couscous, quinoa or wild/brown rice are my favorite choices.. mainly because they’re the only choices I’ve been exposed to so far.

    • March 17, 2011 10:37 AM

      That’s the first time I’ve served soup over a grain but I have a feeling quinoa would work great. What doesn’t quinoa work great with?

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