At least once a week (okay, three times a week), I find myself on the website for my local soup place because I like to know the various soup options at all of their 1,643 locations around me. Once, I walked eight blocks for their tomato bisque because my soup commitment is real. The only problem is, the soup place is taking all of my dollars that I could be spending on shoes! Logically, I know I can make a giant pot of soup for a few bucks pretty quickly, and yet I still find myself on this magical soup site every week, frantically scrolling through their daily menus so I can plan my weekly soup buying. Last week, the soup shop introduced their fall soups and I figured I should just give them my credit card.
And when I found out that the theme for this month's Blogger CLUE was autumn, did I think I should make a fall soup? No, because that would make too much sense. Instead I wandered in over to my blog buddy Lora's blog, in hopes of finding a fall dessert because dessert! If you're even remotely in to food blogs you probably already know Lora and her lovely Savoring Italy posts featuring authentic Italian cuisine such as her homemade pappardelle. Be still my heart. And if you don't know Lora, what are you waiting for?!? Go and get to know Lora.
As I was scrolling through Lora's blog, I paused on her Pumpkin Bundt Cake and then her Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and then her Apple Coffee Cake because my love for seasonal desserts knows no bounds. So there I am, almost nearly super close to 100% settled on a dessert when I bumped in to her Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. The clincher? On the soup page was an ad for shoes. It was obviously a sign from God that if I made this soup, I could stop giving my money to the soup store and use the money to buy shoes because of course! Or, um save that money (in case the Hubster happens to be reading this post). But really, buy more shoes!
I made this soup last weekend, when it was still a million degrees in San Francisco and we had our air conditioning on. Luckily, it's always soup weather in my mind and this soup fit the bill! It's fragrant with cumin and chili powder and is perfectly creamy without adding any cream. It's also got a bit of body and tastes a million times better than the butternut squash soup from the carton. I happened to make it with chicken stock because that's what I had on hand, but Lora's recipe calls for vegetable stock which would make this soup perfect for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
So go on, make your soup and more importantly, buy your cozy shoes because it's fall, y'all!
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 butternut squash, sliced in half
1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into chunks
1 large carrot, peeled
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 cups broth
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Peel and cut butternut squash, sweet potato, and carrots into big chunks. Put the vegetables on an oiled baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes until tender. I broiled them for the last 5 minutes because I love that browned flavor. Remove vegetables from oven.
Heat a large pot over medium heat, add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, the onion, garlic, and sugar and caramelize. Add roasted vegetables and spices and simmer for 30 minutes. Puree in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth.
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