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Monthly Pictorial Cooking Class - Squash Maple Soup

Due to demands on my schedule, I'm not offering live classes at this time. However, I will be offering a rotating pictorial class on this page.

This month I am featuring Squash Maple Soup. While out shopping, I stopped at Panera Bread and had their squash soup. It was quite tasty and I decided that a homemade version was called for. Below is the result of my experimentation and I think you'll like it. It's easy, nutritious and the ingredients are easy to find. You can use frozen butternut squash to save yourself some time and tedious peeling or, of course, you can buy it already peeled and cut in many grocery stores. Enjoy and let me know how yours comes out on facebook.

Squash Maple Soup

Creamy, sweet squash maple soup with pepitas (roasted pumkin seeds).

Ingredients

yield: 6-8 servings.

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ cups diced onion
  • 5-6 cups chunks of peeled & seeded butternut squash
  • 1 qt. water or veggie broth
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15oz.) pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Ingredients

Gather your supplies.

Prepared ingredients

Peel, chop and get everything ready to start cooking.

Saute onions

In a large pot, over medium heat melt the butter and then add onions. Cook. stirring occasionally unit the onions are lightly browned (upper image).

Added ingredients

Add squash, water, apples, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, over low heat.

Fork tender

Cook until the squash and apples are fork tender. About 20 minutes.

Blend

Turn off heat and carefully blend the soup smooth with a stick blender.

Add pumpkin

Add pumpkin and blend again.

Adding ingredients

Add maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. If you don't have real maple syrup, substitute with honey and/or brown sugar.

Stir in heavy cream

Bring the soup to a simmer again and stir in the heavy cream. Heat to boiling and you are done!

Bowl of soup and Dariusz eating bowl of soup

Serve your squash soup with a sprinkling of pepitas (to a person that helps you clean up).

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