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Friday, October 16, 2009

Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup


This soup is THE BEST! It just screams fall to me. I love fall. I love soup. I LOVE Butternut Squash. I think it's even on sale this week! Yee-haw! So here's the recipe...
1 large butternut squash, halved, seeds removed (see if a strong, capable husband or male will do it for you. Also, using Cutco knives has helped me a lot!)
a little olive oil
1/2 t salt
pepper
1/2 lb. sweet sausage
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 t sage
1/2 t marjoram
6 c chicken stock or broth
1 t cider vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 c heavy cream

Lightly coat the squash with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until tender 45 min. - 1 hr. Scoop out the flesh. I sometimes do this in advance and keep it in the refrigerator.
In a large pot, cook the sausage and onion. Add the garlic, sage, marjoram, and cook stirring for 1 min. Add the cooked squash and chicken broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. Then pulse in a blender in batches, or just buy an immersion blender thingy. That changed my life. I saw one on a cooking show and thought how cool it would be to have one and never have to pulse hot soup in a blender and burn myself again! Turns out, I had one in my kitchen all along. I got it for my wedding and didn't know what it was so I never used it. How crazy is that?
Finally, add the cider vinegar and the cream. Don't forget! I sometimes forget the cream and then get really mad at myself! How could I forget cream?
I have served this with a sourdough bread, made in my bread machine, and salad.
Be sure to invite me over for dinner when you make this, k?

3 comments:

Gabbie said...

I have all the ingredients...someone gave me the squash! Sounds so good and perfect since it's 39 degrees here! Ya'll come over and I'll fix it! Ha!

The Carpenter Life said...

Oh how we LOVE this soup!!! I remember eating it at your house years ago...fabulous!!! Glad you posted the recipe. I sense some Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup on our menu this next week!

Happy Fall to y'all!!

~Christy

Adam & Emily said...

Jenn,

You love this soup. YOu have told me so much about how you love it. Last year I attempted to make it. It was a disaster. First of all, I blended everything together while it was still hot. Yes, I did go to college but I was a hungry girl and there was no time for waiting. The result....spontaneous combustion of HOT soup everywhere! And I did something wrong because it didn't taste right either...it was sad. Maybe I can try it at your house sometime and have a better experience:)

Love you!

Em