Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Butternut Squash Soup and Waiting....

....for cake!

Today is my birthday.  No, those candles are not enough to represent the years.  Our city has a strict fire code on how many candles one can put on a cake.  So far, there's no cake to put any candles atop.  I have delicious hope!

In the meantime, it's snowing and I have a desire for soup.  Four butternut squash from last fall's market kept calling out "make something with us" from the windowsill.  Today I obliged.  I found this recipe over at AllRecipes

And I pretty much followed it exactly.

The recipe says it serves 4.  The four would have to be very hungry to polish off the generous amount.  I, always happy to have a soup on freezer standby, froze enough for another meal for two and was still left with four ample servings for the present (snow-filled) day.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup recipe from Allrecipes

2 tbsp butter
2 large leeks (white and pale green part only) thoroughly washed and roughly chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
1 cup diced carrots
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cubed
1 quart chicken stock
1/4 cup dry white wine 
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  Melt buter in a large pot over medium heat.  Stir in leeks and onions and cook until the onion softens and turns translucent--about 5 minutes.  Add potato, squash, carrots, apple and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the vegetables are soft--about 30 minutes.

2.  Puree the soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion blender* to puree the soup in the pot.  Stir in the wine and cream.  Season with the nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Simmer for about five more minutes.


*I recently purchased an immersion blender.  WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?  I love it!!!!!


  1. This is one of our favorite soups -- and this recipe is a bit diferent from the one I use so I'll have to try it next time. I thought the waiting was for snow!!!

    We women always make sure everyone in our family has cake but alas, almost never do we get one unless we do it ourselves!!!!

    Happy Birthday!


    This soup must be really tasty


    Hugs, and have a very special happy day, Flavia

  3. Bonnie,

    This sounds wonderful. The immersion blender does make a difference. I keep forgetting I have one!!!!

    Hope your cake comes soon! Neat picture.


  4. First, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, Dear Bonnie! Happy Birthday to you!!

    Second, I have been tempted by the immersion blender for so very long, but haven't made the plunge! You have made me want one even more! Just finally gave in to my urge for a pressure cooker (gift card from Amanda and family to Williams-Sonoma). It is supposed to arrive tomorrow! New toy. Can't wait.

    The immersion blender has been just below the All Clad slow cooker which was below the pressure cooker on my wish list. It may bump up a notch.

    Hope you have an absolutely fabulous birthday, Bonnie! Wish I were close enough to bake you that cake! Hugs ~ Tanna

  5. Happy Birthday!!!!

    The winter storm has had us snowed/iced in since Sunday night but today I'm going to try to go to work.

    Sunday night I made 2 large pots of soup and wish I'd seen this recipe...I would have made 3!!!

  6. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!!! That soup looks like something I would love!

  7. Buon Compleanno Cara Bonnie ;o)
    May you have your cake and eat it too! Actually, this phrase is one I never understood...oh well, at least there's cake in it ;o)

    Butternut squash anything gets my attention...and your soup is a great comfort while awaiting your surprises for your special day.

    Ciao for now,

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BONNIE! I hope you will have a fabulous birthday cake for your candles. Best wishes to you!!!!!

  9. Hope you have a wonderful day, happy birthday from me... the soup looks good for a cold day and is also pretty. i like that photo of the candles in their pretty jar. hope you get a cake as pretty as the candles.

  10. Ahem...clear la.. cough...clear throat. La LA LA...

    Drats, cant get my singing voice warmed up, to cold. BUT...

    Happy Birthday to you and many more!

    Go ahead, light the cake on fire and have some fun!!! You can always have hubby standing by with the fire extinguisher

  11. The soup sounds delicious! I've never made a soup with butternut squash, but it sounds like an excellent idea - especially with the apples!

    Hope you have (have had?) a very happy birthday, fellow January baby!!

  12. I couldn't live without my immersion blender or my microplane. I'd have to say that creamy soyps like this are my favourites.

  13. Happy Birthday to you... Happy Birthday, dear friend!!!!
    I hope your day is filled with things you love.

    Your butternut soup sounds perfect for today! The cold and snow makes me want to make soup! Delicious, and beautiful images!

  14. Happy Birthday, Bonnie.... Hope you had a beautiful day... Did your hubby take you out to dinner??? OR--maybe, if your weather is bad, you will wait 'til the weekend.

    LOVE your soup recipe... I have had that before and it is incredible... PERFECT for a cold wintery day.

  15. Happy Birthday! Mine is the end of the month! The soup looks delicious!

  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY again, Bonnie!!! What are your plans for today? I love the cute little candles and party hats! I just purchesed an immersion blender about a year ago and love it!! No more dumping stuff in the blender, then having to take it apart and wash it!

  17. Happy birthday! That soups looks amazing and comforting. And an immersion blender is absolutely the best thing to makes pureed soups like that. Yum!

  18. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I wish to you many years with beautiful creations in the kitchen. This soup is ideal for the cold weather you guys face this winter.

  19. Oh wonderful! Happy Birthday, my sweet friend. I hope this next year is full of laughter, love and continued growth. Thank you for sharing this warm and seasonal soup with us. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  20. Bonnie, have a great day! The soup looks and sounds delicious. If only I would remember to use my immersion blender. It hangs on the wall unused. Happy Birthday!!!

  21. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Your soup looks really good; love that you add a granny smith; must really enhance the flavour. Wishing all the best for a great year.

  22. Happy Birthday!!! I love the way this soup sounds and I like that it is so easy to make. I'm sending a cyber Paris-Brest your way. It's a great way to celebrate any special occasion. I hope you have a great day and are appropriately spoiled. Hugs...Mary

  23. Happy birthday! I love this butternut squash recipe but I realy do hope you get a nice cake with which to celebrate!

  24. I love butternut squash soup. I'll have to try this recipe. I make a roasted butternut squash soup that is pretty good, but rich. This one looks a little healthier. Happy, Happy Birthday! Carla

  25. Happy Birthday to you!

    Happy Birthday to you!

    Happy Birthday, Dear Bonnie!

    Happy Birthday to YOU!

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you. We must be thinking along the same lines because I posted pictures of butternut squash soup tonight. I love the addition of apple that you listed with yours, Bonnie.

    Hope you have lots and lots of cake, and don't worry about the candles, just light them all and light up the town. Everyone will cheer! We're all there, too! LOL!


    Sheila :-)

  26. Happy Birthday to you.
    Hope it is Great!!!!


  27. Happy Birthday, and I'm still waiting to see what cake you got for your b-day.

    Recipe looks great, and I too recently bought an immersion blender, and I really love it.

  28. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Sorry I'm so late getting to the party!

  29. Happy belated birthday! The immersion blender is one of my favorite kitchen tools.

  30. Happy belated birthday! That soup looks delicious. :) I hope you had a beautiful cake to go with those cute candles!


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