Fall, widely understood to be the greatest and most wonderful time of the year, is not just about peaking colors and dropping temperatures, but flavors. We all associate certain dishes, ingredients, and flavors with fall. While I am a major contributing culprit of the pumpkin overkill culture, today, I’m rooting for the underdog: Butternut squash.
Yes, it’s fairly similar to pumpkin in taste and texture, and yes, its shape and flesh-toned exterior make for super awkward grocery shopping trips in which you want to shout “I REALLY AM GOING TO COOK AND EAT THIS, PERVERTS!”
I digress. The butternut squash is charming for many reasons, but largely because each squash has a love note inside:
Tonight, the butternut squash charmed us in the form of soup. Delicious, fall-in-a-bowl, soup:
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
(adapted from eMeals) Serves: 4-6
1 1/4 lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed
3/4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 T olive oil
2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp kosher salt (plus more to taste)
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp dried thyme
1 cup half-and-half
1 T thinly sliced green onions, for serving
Shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving
Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Add squash, potatoes, and onion and saute 6 minutes:
Stir in broth and 1 cup of water. Season with salt, pepper and thyme:
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
Remove Dutch oven from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Using an immersion hand blender, puree the vegetables into a thick but smooth consistency. Stir in half-and-half:
Serve immediately, topping with cheese and green onions:
This soup is great with Parmesan French bread toasts (because, can there ever truly be enough cheese?) Enjoy!