GINGER JALEPEÑO BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
This soup is so versatile and always a hit when a chill hits the air. For a quick and healthy weeknight dinner, I’ll top with a dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt (Protein! Boom!) and pair with a salad. Even my baby nephew loves it, but not too spicy! For entertaining guests, I add a little extra cream, top with cheese, homemade croutons and roasted nuts. How about a soup bar where guests can pick their own toppings? Don’t mind if I do! Don’t forget to pair with a glass of pinot noir!
-3-4 T extra virgin olive oil
-6 cloves of garlic- smashed
-3 T shallots- chopped
-3-5 jalapeños- chopped (depending on how spicy you like it!)
-4 T freshly grated ginger
– about 5 lbs of butternut squash- peeled and cut into 2 in. cubes
-48 oz. chicken or vegetable stock
-4 T heavy whipping cream (optional)
-salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
-1½ T pumpkin pie seasoning
Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add garlic, shallots, jalapeños, and ginger. Cook until soft and fragrant, constantly stirring for about 2-3 minutes. Do not burn! Add the squash, broth (enough to cover squash), salt and pepper. Let simmer for 45 min-1 hour until squash is soft.
Remove from the heat. Remove a few cups of the broth and set aside in a bowl. Using a handheld immersion blender or a blender mixing in batches, puree until smooth. Add more stock to bring your soup to the texture you like. Stir in additional seasonings to taste and heavy whipping cream.
-Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
-Toasted pumpkin seeds
-Any other kind of crushed nut
-A dollop of sour cream or plain non fat greek yogurt for the health nuts!
-Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
Heres a link to peeling and cutting a whole squash. I will say it’s much easier to jut use two packages of pre peeled and cut squashes from the store!
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