Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Holy moly. You know when you’ve been really busy, and then when someone asks you what you’ve been up to, you automatically say, “Not much.”

What’s up with that?

I think it’s mostly because you can’t just say, “Well I’ve been dancing and working and playing and watching Netflix and helping with homework and taking pictures and and and…”

Moving on.

Look at the size of this sucker!!
Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Soup pot for scale

I am so stinking excited for summer! We joined a CSA for the first time, and I can’t wait to end up with too many vegetables. It is my goal to not let any of them go to waste, so I might be asking for recipes soon. This is an easy one, so you should totally make it.

Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Just the right amount of creamy goodness and chewy texture.

Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 6-8

1 large butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 onion, diced
1 quart vegetable broth
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1/2 cup half and half or coconut milk
1 15oz can of Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

In a large stock pot, heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the squash cubes and vegetable broth. Turn the heat up to high, cover the pot with a lid, and allow the soup to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes, still covered and stir occasionally.

Turn off the heat, and use an immersion blender to puree the onions and squash. Or transfer the vegetables to a food processor and puree until smooth, then add the paste back into the vegetable broth. Next add the Garbanzo beans, seasonings, and half and half or coconut milk. Allow the soup to cook over low heat until it’s warm enough to serve.

You should also serve this with Naan. It’s so right.
This soup makes really good leftovers, either hot or cold!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Look at that steamy goodness!

Yes please.

For some reason, there was some confusion over whether or not I liked chicken noodle soup. When I told my husband that this is what I was making for dinner, he said, “But you hate chicken noodle soup.”

Come again?

“I’ve tried to make it before, but you wouldn’t let me. You’ve never liked chicken noodle soup.”

I wasn’t really sure how to respond. Maybe he was thinking about canned chicken noodle soup? But he wouldn’t have tried to make canned chicken noodle soup. Or maybe I really had said at one point that I hated chicken noodle soup. There’s no accounting for my tastebuds before I actually started cooking. It’s like I was a different person back then or something. Momentary lapse in sanity?

I don’t know.

Anyways, chicken noodle soup. THIS chicken noodle soup. I could eat this stuff every day for the rest of my life. I texted this very thing to my husband when I was eating leftovers the next day. And if you froze leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Turkey noodle soup!

Chicken Noodle Soup

It starts with an onion.

Chicken Noodle Soup

And then chicken.

Chicken Noodle Soup

And tons of broth.

Chicken Noodle Soup

And you might think I went a little overboard on the herbs.

Chicken Noodle Soup

I mean, I can see why you’d think that. I, too, had a momentary panic (as I do every time I don’t follow any sort of recipe). But just trust me. It’s totally worth it!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Broccoli was next.

Chicken Noodle Soup

And of course, you need noodles! I did not think far enough ahead to put egg-noodles on my grocery list, and this is what we had. It worked great! They’re noodles, so really it couldn’t have gone terribly wrong. But you never know, so I was a little nervous.

Chicken Noodle Soup

This is like happiness in a bowl. Think of a cliche about chicken noodle soup–this is it. I think I might actually make enough of this to eat it every day of my life.

And all those “extra” herbs? Maybe you can read my fortune?

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
Makes around 8 servings

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 medium onion, diced
8 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
2 1/2 cups broccoli, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound dry pasta noodles (or 1/2 cup dry rice for chicken and rice soup)

Combine the onion and diced chicken in a large stock pot over medium heat.
When the chicken is cooked through, add the chicken stock and water. Then add all seasonings, minced garlic and broccoli.
Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring the soup to a boil.
Add the pasta noodles and boil for 15-20 minutes, until the noodles are cooked fully. Serve warm!

Yellow Squash and Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Hey everybody!

Remember awhile back when I made Yellow Squash and Basil soup?  It’s ok, it was a long time ago.  One of my first blog posts, actually 🙂

Whilst (yes, I like whilst) wondering the produce section in Safeway the other night, I saw them!  Not very yellow, and not very big, but there!  In the bin!  Yellow squash!  (Or, squashes?)

Six of those squashes magically leaped into my cart, and dinner was in the works.  But then I got to thinking.  (Uh oh)

I love this soup.  A lot.  There’s not a lot of room for improvement, if you ask me.  But what if…What if I could just shake things up a bit?

And then a head of cauliflower appeared, nestled amongst the squash.  Perfect!  A vegetable to add texture and creaminess without drastically changing the flavor of the soup.  Brilliant.

You might think you don’t like vegetables, and you might think that you don’t like soup, but that’s only because you haven’t tried THIS soup.  I can’t get enough, which is why I made a hugh jass pot of it.  (Yay for leftovers!)

Because I’ve never tried it before, I decided to roast the cauliflower.  It’s easy.  Preheat the oven to 400F.

Chop the cauliflower, spray or drizzle with olive oil, salt, and toss into a pan. Roast for about 20 minutes, stirring things around at least once.

They’ll come out slightly brown and super fragrant. Yum.

And you can start the soup while the cauliflower is roasting.

Yellow Squash and Basil Soup with Roasted Cauliflower (Adapted from Good Housekeeping)
Serves a ton. Feel free to cut the recipe in half or third if you don’t have the storage space.

1 medium onion, chopped
6 yellow squash, washed and cut into rounds (I don’t bother peeling these, but you can if you want)
6 medium carrots, chopped (I don’t bother peeling these, either)
1 head of cauliflower (chopped and roasted at 400F for 20 minutes)
4 cups warm water
2 tsp Better than Bouillon (or you could use 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, and 2 cups warm water instead)
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1 cup of half and half
2 cups of fresh basil, shredded

Heat oil in a large dutch oven or soup pot. Add onion and cook about 5 minutes. Add squash and carrots, mixing until the onion is incorporated. Add warm water and BTB, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. You can either use an immersion blender, or you can transfer small batches of the squash mixture and cauliflower into a food processor and puree to desired texture (we like ours a bit chunky). Once everything is mashed up, season with salt and pepper, add the half and half and heat through. Just before serving, stir in the shredded basil leaves and season again with salt and pepper if necessary.

This soup is equally good hot or cold. I like to eat it hot for dinner, and then chilled the next day at lunch.