Autumn in Summer

Butternut Squash Soup

w/ dollop of Greek yogurt, saffron, Hungarian paprika

One of my close friends is a fellow suburban gardener who had a great yield of butternut squash(es) this season. After a few weeks of negotiating our schedules, we met to do a hangout & exchange (I provided ghost & trinidad scorpion chiles).  He didn’t initially have the squash, saying he left it in the car – I see the reason why; the thing was HUGE. It weighed out to 6.5 pounds, with a beautiful, vibrant beige hue. Presented in it’s typical engorged peanut shape, the thing was MASSIVE. He told me that it would be enough to utilize in a few different recipes, but one thing was certain – I must make his wife’s prized butternut squash soup. Always a fan of both soup in general and butternut squash soup specifically, I told him to send the recipe. He did, and it didn’t disappoint. While definitely not a traditional summer food, this little bit of autumn hit the spot – especially with the cooling & refreshing dollop of yogurt.  Very simple to make, but so comforting and satisfying. Great recommendation, Higgbot. Be sure to thank Mrs. Higgbot for me, too.

Butternutsquashsoup

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 1/2 lbs butternut squash, peeled & cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp, curry leaves
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • turmeric, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • plain greek yogurt
  • paprika, to taste
  • thyme or other herb, minced
Directions
  • in a 6 quart stockpot, heat oil over medium heat.
  • add onions and garlic, saute until soft but not brown (6 to 7 minutes).
  • add broth, curry, salt, pepper, cayenne & stir.
  • add  squash, stir, and bring to a boil.
  • reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender (approx 15 minutes)
  • remove from heat, stir in honey, and puree with a hand blender
  • season with salt if necessary
  • ladle into bowls and top (drizzle or small dollop) with greek yogurt, paprika & herbs
  • literally slide into the netherworld of sweet, warm deliciousness

 

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