We had a dinner party this weekend and it was great to have friends over for a relaxing evening. I decided on a traditional fall menu. We started with my Butternut Squash Soup for the first course.
Butternut Squash Soup
Makes six servings.
1/2 pound of bacon
1 small yellow onion chopped
12 mini carrots chopped
1 granny smith apple chopped
4 (12 ounce) packages of thawed frozen butternut squash
32 ounces of chicken broth
1/4 cup of whipping cream
lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, red pepper, garlic powder
sour cream to garnish
My Color Coded Life tip for the night before: chop the vegetables and apple and put the squash in the refrigerator to thaw.
Cook the bacon in a dutch oven or large pot. (I usually make this soup with my Mac and Cheese recipe, so I cook a whole pound of bacon in one dutch oven and boil the elbow macaroni in another large pot.)
Put the bacon to the side. Drain the macaroni and set to the side. Pour half the bacon drippings into the pot you cooked the macaroni in and put to the side. Tomorrow, I’ll post that recipe! But for now back to the soup!
Chop up the onion, carrots, and granny smith apple.
Saute the onions and carrots in the bacon drippings until the onions are tender. Add granny smith apple and garlic powder. Saute for another few minutes.
Add the thawed squash and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Let soup simmer for 20 minutes until carrots and apples are soft.
Using a food processor, chop and then puree the soup in batches. You will need another pot or dutch oven to pour the pureed soup into. Once the soup is pureed, add lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, red pepper, and whipping cream. Stir completely. Keep warm until ready to serve.
When serving, add a dollop of sour cream to each bowl and crumble a piece of bacon on top. And by the time I was done, guests were arriving, so I never got a “ready to serve” shot!!! Next time I make it, I’ll post one! I also served a salad during the first course. Check back tomorrow and see what I’m going to have you do with that extra pot with bacon drippings and your cooked macaroni!