Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Another soup

With the weather being cold and wet, another soup was in order this week.  Following one of my favorite blogs, Posie Gets Cozy, I found another good one to try.  Last week's soup was inspired by her too so I think she is quite on to something.  I followed her directions but added just a few additions.  We called Orange and Blue dinner.  The blue was later.

Roasted Root Soup(A modified version of Root Soup by Posie Gets Cozy)
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1" chunks
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced into 1" rings (wash them well)
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1" chunks
3 cloves of garlic, in skins
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt to taste
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg ( I used fresh because I'm fancy like that)
3 cups chicken stock, warmed
1 tablespoon fresh sage (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/4 cup cream or half-and-half - save for serving 
Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degres F. Spread squash, leeks, sweet potato, and garlic out on a half-sheet pan or large baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss everything with your hands to make sure it is all coated with oil. Roast in the hot oven for about 20-25 minutes until squash is soft when poked with a fork.  Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skin onto the other vegetables (and discard garlic skins).

Zip everything in a food processor with 1 cup of stock and add to a large cook pot with 2 cups of chicken broth, nutmeg, salt, and sage.  Cook until heated through (about 20 min.)

When ready to serve, add 1 tbsp. of cream per bowl (if you like - and oh I do!) and a heavy sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. 

Serve with garlic bread 
It took one hour to make from start to finish and on the table.
 This would be better with a good spicy sausage! 

For the blue:  take some frozen blueberries and sprinkle with Splenda and 1/2 tbsp. cream.  Yum.  I called it inside out ice cream.  

Everyone but Mason ate it well.  Mason loves veggies normally but it seems he isn't a fan of them cooked.  He likes them crunchy,  'raw and wiggly' (you are super cool if you know that movie line). 

It made perfect "baby food" for Logan and I froze an ice cube tray for later.  The following day we ate it again for lunch and this time I served it with roast beef panini sandwiches.  It was even better then! 

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