It's cold. It's snowy. I've been working 11 hour days and then hittin' up the gym and gettin' stuff done around the house. The hubs and I are currently in week 6 of a clean eating challenge. So what do I need in my life right now more than anything? Quick, easy, clean, healthy meals. And this soup takes the cake (Mmmm speaking of cake...what I wouldn't do for a slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting right now...or Oreos...or pizza...or.....)
Ok focus Renée...
Back to the soup...first let me get this out of the way - there really isn't a formal recipe. It's one of those soups that you can do whatever you like. In fact, I don't even have measurements or anything for you - just ingredients (I promise - you can't mess this up!) Trust me on this one...
Put a splash of extra virgin olive oil in a big soup pot - let that heat up - once hot put in a diced onion and let that cook for 5 minutes or so. Next add in some butternut squash (I buy the big pre-cut family pack at Wegmans for $5.50) and add enough water to just cover the squash (you could use chicken or vegetable stock instead if you'd like.) Add in some spices (I like to add salt, pepper, paprika, rosemary, and parsley. But salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg would also be good! Red pepper flakes too if you want a little heat!) Bring to a boil and then simmer until the squash is fully cooked. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes I'd say. While this is simmering I usually go do something else - fold a load of laundry, cook up somethin' else, etc.
Once the squash is fully cooked use your fancy immersion blender and puree until it's as smooth as a baby's butt!! Return to the stove for a hot minute and add in some unsweetened coconut milk (this is optional but I like the subtle sweetness and it thickens the soup a bit.) Do a lil taste test and adjust seasonings to your liking.
And there ya have it - the perfect soup for dinner (just add a side salad or a sandwich and you're good to go!) We've been taking it for lunch every day - this big pot lasts us alllll week (and that's with both of us taking it for lunch daily!) So I hope ya'll enjoy this as much as we do.
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!