Saturday, November 01, 2008

Festive Fall Dinner


My sister, Tiffany, and I decided to make a "fancy" dinner tonight, inspired by the butternut squash sitting on our counter at home and the reduced sourdough loaves we found at the grocery store -- the perfect size to use as bread bowls.



Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

~ 3 c. peeled, diced butternut squash (about 1 small squash)
~ 2 c. thinly sliced carrot (4 medium)
~ 3/4 c. thinly sliced leek or chopped onion
~ 1 T. butter or margarine
~ 28 oz. chicken broth
~ 1/4 t. ground white pepper
~ 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
~ 1/4 c. light cream

Garnish options:
~ Dairy sour cream
~ Toasted pumpkin seeds
~ Fresh tarragon sprigs


Instructions:

1. In a large covered saucepan cook squash, carrot, and leek in hot butter over medium heat about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer covered for 25 to 35 minutes, or until vegetables are very tender. Cool slightly.

2. Place one-third of the squash mixture in a food processor or blender. Cover and blend until almost smooth. Repeat with remaining squash mixture. Return all of mxiture to saucepan. Add white pepper and nutmeg; bring just to boiling. Add light cream; heat through. If desired, garnish each serving with sour cream, pumpking seeds, and/or fresh tarragon.



This creamy orange soup is absolutely delicious, and a perfect Autumn dish. Just the thing to take the edge off these crisp Autumn days!

7 comments:

  1. My Mom has been looking for a good recipe for Butternut Squash soup, and this looks so yummy that we will have to give it a try!

    What kind of candles did you use? They look so pretty and delicate. :)

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  2. I too have been lookign for a good recipe for this soup. I can't wait to try it. I have a butternut squash just begging to be cooked up, every time I look at it!

    Looks like a lovely supper!

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  3. I'm so glad the recipe will be helpful! It's the first time we've tried this soup, and I really like it!

    Kaitlyn Michelle, The candles are my sister's. You pour water into the glass and then add a layer of oil. The wicks fit into a little plastic tray that allows oil to flow down to the wick -- when the oil is gone, water flows into the tray and automatically extinguishes the candle! I can't remember what they're called, though...

    Yours in Christ,
    Shannon

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  4. I especially loved your centerpiece! Those candles are fascinating!

    Lots of love,
    Sommer

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  5. Yum, butternut squash soup is so nice! We had some on Sunday - perfect for autumn I agree :-)

    xxxx

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  6. Oh my, this looks fantastic!

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  7. Oooh - what a cute Autumn table arrangement! It looks so lovely I am almost wishing Autumn weather back... but then again, Spring is so lovely. :)

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