Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Friends

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Another soup? It seems like we have only been eating soups in this house. The last recipe I shared was soup, too. But there's nothing wrong about soups, right? I love them. They are tasty and quick, and I can never get enough of them. Also a slightly colder weather we've got today just called for a warm comfort soup. Well, the morning was nice and sunny, but it got cloudy and chilly in the afternoon. I had got used to the beautiful warm and sunny weather quickly because I love eating outside in the garden! I had actually enjoyed this butternut squash soup in the garden too, just before I covered myself in a blanket to raise my body temperature! :)

Roasted Butternut Squash

It's been a week since a wonderful weekend full of laughter and good food with Juls and Tiina, and I still smile thinking about our breakfasts in the garden, food markets we visited, food we cooked together and our mini photography/styling workshop. There's nothing like great friends and food bloggers under one roof for a couple of days. Sadly, we were missing Beth and Chris to make the gang complete!
Why is it that time flies so fast when you are having a great time? Anyway, the weekend was short but it filled me with energy for weeks. Oh, I love food blogging!

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I promise to share other recipe than soup next time!

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Roasted butternut squash soup
Serves 4

1 small butternut squash (about 1kg), quartered lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely sliced
1 carrot, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
500ml vegetable stock
500ml water
salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the butternut squash on a baking tray, brush all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme, and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until soft. Let the squash cool slightly, and then scoop out the flesh and discard the skin.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and sage and cook on low heat for 10 minutes until soft, but not brown. Pour in the stock, and bring to a boil. Simmer vegetable for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the butternut squash and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Take the soup off the heat. Blend the soup with a hand blender or in a food processor. Check for seasoning and serve.



27 comments :

  1. Gorgeous! I am blogging soup tonight - its just getting to be the right time of year for it. How good is the colour orange? (almost surpases pink! almost....)
    Miss T
    x

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  2. I love food blogging too! It must have been so wonderful to collaborate for a weekend of fun with your girlfriends centered around your shared passion!

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  3. A highly satisfying soup! Your clicks are wonderful.

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. little tear-drop! miss you girls!
    but we have plans, goals, houses to buy and share and a whole life to live enjoying our friendship and our passion! Life is just wonderful when you have such friends!
    I hope next time the gang will be complete!

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  5. Looks amazing - and please share more soups...!

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  6. So happy to share passion for food and most of all great friendship with lovely ladies like you! I wish we lived closer but close enough for frequent get-togethers I guess!:) Oh by the way, I made my regular butternut soup recipe a few weeks ago with curry paste. Loved it! xo

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  7. Nothing wrong with soup really! And you're right; it is so great to be among friends who share the same passion for food!

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  8. There can't be too many soup recipes! Soup is great in any weather. Your butternut soup sounds delicious and comforting on this chilly damp evening. :)

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  9. We've got a growing band of food bloggers here in the UAE and it really is a joy when we meet up. I'm a big fan of Tiina's blog too - thanks for sharing this window on your world.

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  10. Wooo looks like you gals had a lot of fum and cant wait for the FBC..will have loads of fun with you guyz!!

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  11. I'm very disappointed to have missed what was a fab get together no doubt! Missing you all and can't wait for FBC too! Sari as ever, wonderful photography. xx

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  12. Lovely soup and lovely photos :-D

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  13. Your soup is absolutely gorgeous! I blogged a roasted butternut squash soup recently too. I love roasting squash to bring out all of it's flavours.

    By the way I love your blog. I stumbled onto it via Twitter and have to say it's absolutely stunning and your photos are breathtaking.

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  14. One of the best rewards from food blogging is connecting with other bloggers in real life and realizing how well you get along! :) Hopefully we'll get a chance to meet one day, in the meantime I'll be enjoying your gorgeous photographs, as usual. Oh - and I never tire of soup, it's the perfect weekday dinner :)

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  15. Yum! I really need to start cooking with squash!

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  16. absolutely nothing wrong with soup, keep them coming those great recipes (and photos!)

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  17. Thank you all for the lovely comments. There's nothing like great friends and great food! I'm so thankful for both!

    @Jennifer - Welcome here Jennifer! And thank you for your nice words!

    @Danielle - You are absolutely right about blogging. I really hope we will meet one day!

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  18. I accidentally bought chicken broth instead of vegetable broth...can I still use this or should I really go back and buy the vegetable broth?

    Thanks! Soup looks great!

    -CS

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  19. Another question (I'm new to cooking), I bought a already peeled butternut squash that was cut in half. Does this affect how I cook it in the oven? Thanks!

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  20. Anonymous - Hi. You can absolutely use chicken broth. You might need to adjust baking time if you bake butternut squash without the peel, as it usually bakes quicker. However, as you will puree the butternut squash in the soup anyway, it doesn't really matter if you bake it until very soft. Hope you will like the soup! :)

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  21. Sounds great, thanks for sharing. Have you ever tried adding fresh lovage to the soup right at the end of cooking? I discovered this wonderful herb last summer.

    Also a fan of the cream cheese addition - it sort of detracts from both the "cheap" and the "healthy", but it is soooo good. It also makes a great creamy pasta sauce.

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  22. I made this soup the other night- mine turned out SO bland.... what did I do wrong?

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  23. @Carrie & Stasia - I'm sorry to hear your soup didn't turn out that good. My soup was really tasty and flavourful. Have you used all ingredients listed?

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  24. Your blog is amazing..Thanks for sharing your recipe..i will try to make it this night..

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  25. Can't wait to make this at the weekend, looks delicious!! :)

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  26. I am very delayed here but found your recipe via Pinterest. I made it this evening and it came out fantastic!! I am a beginner cook and this was my very first soup so I am happy that I had such great results :)

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