Recipe of the Month: Cozy November Butternut Squash Soup

Dated: November 8 2023

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As the temperature drops and the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and orange, November welcomes the perfect opportunity to indulge in comforting, heartwarming dishes. And what better way to embrace the season than with a delightful butternut squash soup? This recipe is a warm hug in a bowl, and it's the perfect addition to your cozy autumn evenings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • Fresh sage leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Prep the Butternut Squash: Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until the flesh is tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.

  3. Saute the Aromatics: In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, carrot, and apple. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and the onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

  4. Scoop the Squash: Once the butternut squash is roasted and cooled slightly, scoop out the flesh and add it to the pot with the sautéed vegetables.

  5. Blend and Simmer: Using an immersion blender or a regular blender (in batches), puree the mixture until smooth. Return it to the pot and place it over medium heat. Add the broth, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Stir well and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

  6. Adjust the Seasoning: Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. If you prefer a creamier texture, stir in the heavy cream (or a dairy-free alternative) until well incorporated.

  7. Serve and Garnish: Ladle the hot butternut squash soup into bowls. Garnish with a few fresh sage leaves and a dash of nutmeg for a beautiful presentation.

This Butternut Squash Soup is the embodiment of autumn comfort, offering a rich and velvety texture with a subtle sweetness from the roasted butternut squash and apple. It's perfect for enjoying by the fireplace, or perhaps even sharing with friends and family during a cozy gathering in your beautifully staged home.

Enjoy the warm, comforting embrace of this November Butternut Squash Soup, and don't hesitate to reach out if you need any real estate assistance or advice during this season of change. Your trusted realtor, Daniyal Nasiri, is always here to help you find your ideal home or navigate the real estate market.

Happy cooking and happy house hunting!

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Daniyal Nasiri

Originally from Bournemouth, England, Daniyal Nasiri has been a proud Calgarian for over 22 years who has begun to make his mark on this city in the Real Estate industry by bringing a modern approach ....

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