Please arrive soon.
Our letters of petition have made no impression on the change of seasons, despite the passing of the equinox. But we’re tired of waiting, so we made a soup that will make you feel like jumping into a pile of leaves.
Late Summer (Begging for Fall) Squash Medley Soup (for lack of a better name)
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 acorn squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of salt, divided
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
We don’t have any in-process shots of this soup – sorry. We were rushing to get dinner prepared for our dinner guest, who happens to be quite the cook herself, so everything had to be perfect.
So here is what you do.
- Peel and cut into cubes the two squashes and the sweet potato. (okay, this is a lot harder than it sounds for the acorn squash – those things are almost impossible to peel)
- Melt butter in a large pot. Add garlic and onions and saute over medium heat until tender.
- Add all squash and potato cubes and chicken stock to the pot, along with half the salt and the pepper, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for 15 – 20 minutes or until squash is tender.
- Working in batches that fill about 1/3 of your blender, ladle out portions of the mixture into the blender and puree. Hold your hand on the top of the blender whenever blending hot liquids.
- Return entire pureed mixture to the original pot and add the heavy cream, honey, and remaining spices.
- Let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until desired thickness is achieved. At this point, taste and add salt, pepper, or sugar to your liking. We ended up probably adding a little more sugar and salt than we listed above, but we like things salty and sweet.
We served the soup with some cornbread and day-dreamed of hoodies and morning frost.