Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut Squash is chock full of goodness! Tasty goodness and good for you stuff! It is low in fat and a good source of fiber and folate making it very heart friendly. It has a significant amount of potassium for your bones, and vitamin B6 to give a boost to your immune system!
Cut into its pale skin and you'll find a vibrant flesh in a beautiful, bright tangerine color. The rich, deep color tells you it is full of nutrients that help guard against heart disease, breast cancer, and macular degeneration. In addition, this hearty fruit is rich in vitamin C providing nearly half the recommended daily dose in just 1 cup!
This is a good gourd to add to your diet! and this soup hits the spot. It is very filling and makes for a hearty meal all on its own, but add a grilled cheese and you have a very satisfying dinner - even for the old meat and potato types like my hubs!
Here is how I made the soup:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. In a small bowl mix together about a tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and 1 to 2 garlic cloves minced (I used 2). Brush this mixture onto the cut sides of the squash. Roast, cut side up, for about 45 mins. Remove from oven and let cool.
While the squash is cooling, melt butter and saute onions in stockpot until soft. Add water, chicken base, marjoram, and peppers. Bring to a boil, stirring. Then reduce heat and let simmer. When squash is cooled enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and put it in your blender with the cream cheese. Add the stock from the pot and blend on the lowest setting until well mixed. NOTE: If not all fits in your blender you will have to mix it in batches. After blending well, return the soup to the stockpot and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. The longer you simmer the more enhanced the flavor will be.
While the soup is simmering you can cook up some thick cut bacon. I chopped the bacon and some chives and used that for garnish. It is delicious with the soup! Prior to serving be sure to salt to your tastes.