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If you think you can't cook, think again. Cooking is all about being fearless. Acknowledge when something doesn't work, identify the problem, and try it again. That's what I do, and this is a showcase of the results!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pumpkin Soup

Thank God for sale items.  No seriously, we have been buying whatever is on sale and then coming up with dinner plans the past couple weeks.  Here is one of mine/Liz's favorites: Pumpkin Soup.

Sorry for those of you who have a best friend named OCD, it's actually made out of butternut squash, not pumpkin. Sorry OCD. It's not my fault.

Butternut squash
Chicken stock (or veggie for the veg-heads)
Optional: light cream

1.  Peal and cut the butternut squash.  The smaller the pieces, the quicker they cook.  (I usually end up with cube-ish pieces about 2"x2")

2. Saute some chopped up onions and garlic in the bottom of a big pot.  Add squash in a and cover with chicken stock.  This will eventually be the liquid in the soup.  Don't put too much in or you will have really watery soup!

3. Cook the squash until fork soft (don't rush this--put in a fun DVD and let the squash cook for a while otherwise you will have stringy chunky soup... not yummy)

4. Either in a food processor, blender or a strong mixer, puree the squash with the chicken stock.  Add some chopped thyme (I used fresh lemon thyme because I had it, but regular thyme is good)

5. Return to heat (because it usually cools off too much while blending).  If you want to add the cream, do so at this point.  I didn't like it as much, but I'm a purist.  Hazel really liked it with the cream.  Crazy.

Note: the original recipe I got from my mom did not have the onions or garlic, but I put onions and garlic in everything.


  1. I have been thinking a lot about this soup - and your cooking in general - and sadly they do not sell butternut squash in Costa Rica (yes I checked)This is Liz btw, the ´comment as´thing confuses me

  2. also this is good when you roast the squash in the oven with an apple and a whole onion and some garlic instead of sauteeing... and as weird as it sounds flavoring it with curry powder is GREAT. you should try it. then you eat it with a piece of whole wheat naan on the side... mmmm.
    so glad you're posting! keep it up so i can plug you on my tumblr.

  3. Mk I totally agree with everything you just said. I like to eat plain roasted butternut squash with just a little garlic salt. It's delicious... or some maple syrup... Now I'm hungry. Shocking.