"A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of you liking what you made are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one will ever know." (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Butternut squash soup

What to do with 4 butternut squashes when there is only so much you can eat?
Soup! YEY!
Here my recipe:

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SPINACH SOUP


Ingredients
1 Butternut squash (peeled and cut into 2" cubes)
3 green onions (chopped)
1 yellow onion ( in quarters)
1 small potato
4 cups of vegetable stock (I used sodium free pack from TJ's)
Salt and black pepper
1/2 bunch of spinach (leaves only)
3 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Thermomix (bimby) instructions

Insert green onions in thermomix cup and program 3 sec vel 5-7-9. Add butternut squash, onion, potato and vegetable stock.  Program 20min/varoma/speed 2 (make sure the little cup is in place. i used the varoma tray to steam some meat). Without opening cup, add salt and pepper. Program 20sec/vel5. If ingredients are not liquified then process them for another few seconds.

Check seasonings, add more salt and pepper as needed.

Add spinach to cup (u can add it thru the little whole on top, no need to open it). Place basket on top and program 6min/varoma/spoon. ( if you would like to obtain a thicken allow it to cook for a little longer. Just don't forget soup will thicken as it cools)

When ready add the olive oil, program 10 sec/ reverse spoon.

Ready to eat1

Traditional approach

In a pan add squash, potato, onion and green onion and vegetable stock. Cook for about 40 min till all ingredients are cooked (it will be faster if using pressure cooker or if all ingredients are cut in smaller pieces). Add salt and pepper and stir for about 1 min.

In a food processor place vegetables add enough liquid to make sure ingredients blend.  You may need to do it a couple times is you don't want to be cleaning the kitchen cabinets later :) ) When done, restore liquified mixture to pan. Bring it to a boil and add the spinach. Do not cover pan. Allow it to cook in high heat for about 10min till  soup thickens.  You must stir liquid at all times otherwise it will burn.

Add olive oil, and serve.

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