Butternut Squash Soup

The weather is warming up, but I promised my Butternut Squash recipe.  Hopefully, there is a cold day lingering before spring is in full bloom.  Otherwise, save this post for Winter 2013!

butternut squash soup

1 LB Butternut Squash cubed
1 small Onion chopped
1 1/2- 2 cups Chicken Stock
1 T Butter
2 1/2 oz heavy cream

1. Chop the onion and squash.

2. Add the chopped onion and butter to a saucepan large enough to fit all the ingredients. Cook on medium heat until the onion in translucent.

3. Add cubed butternut squash and 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock to the saucepan.

4. Simmer until the butternut squash is tender. About 15-20 minutes.

5. Remove from heat and spoon into a blender. Pureé the squash, onions and stock, then add the heavy cream. Add extra stock if needed.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!It is so easy, and so delicious!

Tomato Florentine Soup

Sorry for the long hiatus!  This past week my beautiful sister, Melanie, got married to the love of her life, in Aruba!  Then Thanksgiving break came, so I’ve been in vacation mode for a while. But I’m back and I’m making things.

I am always looking for new recipes on blogs or Food Gawker and when I find one I like I bookmark it and then forget about it.  But I’m starting to go through them and found this recipe for Tomato Florentine Soup, which I made for dinner tonight.

I’m not very good at throwing things together and making it taste good, so I used this recipe from Good Life Eats and changed a few things around. I omitted the garlic, because I don’t like eating it if there is even a 2% chance of me going out or seeing anyone. I also swapped the penne with some white rice I had left over from the night before.  I also added quinoa, which I finally picked up off the grocery store shelf.  And finally because I’m just me, a little bean, I cut the recipe into a 3rd.

Also, this recipe can easily be adapted to be vegan, simply by omitting the butter and cheese. :)

Either recipe you choose to make this recipe, I’m sure it’ll make you all warm and cozy when you make it this winter!

1 cup cooked white rice
1/2 T olive oil
1/4 T butter
1/2 large yellow onion diced
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 T tomato paste
1/2 T light brown sugar
1-14.5oz can diced tomatoes
1 T flour
1 bay leaf
1 14.5oz can veg. or chicken stock
1/2 pack frozen spinach, thawed and cooked
1/4 cup parmesan cheese 1 T balsamic vinegar 
salt and pepper

1. Heat butter and olive oil over medium heat and add the onion.
2. Separate, and keep the juice from the tomatoes, and add the brown sugar, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes.  Cook until the tomatoes start to dry, about 13 minutes
3. While tomatoes are cooking, cook the quinoa in 1 cup boiling water for about 10-12 minutes.
4. Stir the flour into the tomatoes, then add the tomato juice and bay leaf.
5. Add the quinoa and the can of broth and stir.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Turn off heat, remove bay leaf and add rice, spinach, cheese and balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve and enjoy with warmed french baguette.