Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
1-2lbslb Butternut Squash, peeled, medium dice in uniform shapes and sizes.
1/4 tsp/1ml Cinnamon
1/8 tsp/0.5ml Cardamom, ground
2 tbsp/30ml Brown Sugar
2 tbsp/30ml Lemon Juice
2 oz/60g Melted Butter
1-2 cups chicken broth (or substitute with vegetable stock)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place diced squash in mixing bowl, coat evenly with drizzled olive oil and approx half of melted butter. Coat squash with salt, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom evenly. After diced squash is evenly coated, place squash on baking sheet.
2. Drizzle lemon juice, olive oil and remaining melted butter over the top of squash.
3. Bake uncovered in 350 F oven until tender, approx 50 minutes.
Squash should be brightly colored and slightly crisp, and show little moisture loss when done. Note: To cook roasted butternut squash without making a soup, stop at this step and serve warm. To continue and make roasted butternut soup, continue with the following steps: After squash pieces have cooled, add drizzle of good quality olive oil with 1-2 cups stock. Add stock slowly as mixing in blender or use a stick blender to mix in stock pot on counter or stove top. Adding ½ to 1 cup of cream is optional, depending upon flavor and consistency preference. It isn’t necessary to use all of the stock or cream, depending upon desired consistency. Serve warm and garnish with bread crumbs and drizzle of good quality olive oil. Alternatively, garnish with dollop of cream and freshly chopped herbs.
Green Apple and Sweet Potato Soup
Adapted from allrecipes.com
2 (1 pound) sweet potatoes, quartered
1 large tart apple, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 bay leaf
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup cream
1 (5 ounce) lemon, zested and juiced
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place the sweet potatoes and apple on a greased baking sheet, and roast for about 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tender. Cool, and peel sweet potatoes.
Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bay leaf, and carrot; sauté until tender. Remove the bay leaf, and discard. Pour in the chicken broth, and add the sweet potato and apple. Puree in batches using a regular blender, or if possible use an immersible blender to puree while in the pot.
Return to the soup pot, and stir in the cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Heat through, but do not boil. Ladle into serving bowls, and garnish with crumbled cheese.