At this time of year the butternut squash is coming out of the gardens and so fresh that when you cut into it beads of moisture appear – yum yum! Butternut squash soup is a favorite of mine, but this time I felt like a little twist.
Butternut Squash Soup with a Mediterranean twist
You will need:
roasted butternut squash
Seasonings: Ras al Hanout, cinnamon stick, salt and pepper
Garnishes: Grated feta cheese, minced chives, crispy bacon pieces
In a soup pot cook bacon pieces (I like to cut my bacon slices in thin slivers). Remove bacon as soon as it gets crispy. Remove some bacon fat, but leave enough to sauté your cinnamon stick, onions and garlic until soft. Add chicken stock and roasted butternut squash. Remove cinnamon stick as soon as you get a hint of it in the broth, but not overwhelming. Cook until everything is steaming hot – puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender (if using a blender take care to leave an opening for the steam to escape – you do not want to end up wearing this hot soup). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
The portions on this will vary greatly on the size of your squash, and the amount of soup you want! For tonight there were only 2 of us so I used 1/2 a squash (about 2 cups) to 4 cups of chicken stock.
Serve once the soup has been pureed – garnish with the chives, bacon bits and grated feta.
For a vegetarian option, leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock.
Either way – a delicious soup!