Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tomato, Butternut Squash, and Herb Soup

Seeing as this is my first post on my first and fabulous food blog, I figured I had better start with a recipe that would WOW you.  (or at least one that will make you check back for more food fables)  Anyway, the following recipe comes from my most favorite place in the entire world, the  For my birthday, my boyfriend gave me the New England Soup Factory cook book (how cliche' right?! ...jk jk) and I decided it was time to give it a go.  Today was a beautiful, yet windy, fall day and I decided this hearty soup would be the perfect treat.  

3 Tbs Butter
3 Whole cloves garlic, peeled
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and diced
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 Lbs butternut squash, peeled and cute into large chunks
2 cans (14 oz each) whole tomatoes
8 cups vegetable or chicken stock (I used chicken)
1 cup sherry
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a stockpot melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Add garlic, onion, carrots, celery, and butternut squash.  Saute' for 10 minutes.  

Add the tomatoes, stock, and sherry.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot, and simmer until the squash is tender and soft, 35 to 40 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the basil, cilantro, vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Puree in the pot using a hand blender or in a regular blender working in batches until smooth.

...and Voila! Yumminess in an instant!  This was perfectly thick, hearty, and flavorful.  I almost had to serve it in one of the million bagillion soup factory take out containers I have just for the full experience (don't worry, I refrained).  Delicious!

**This recipe makes 12 servings and I am now swimming in soup.  While that normally would be my dream, I fear I may turn into a tomato shaped butternut squash before finishing it all.  Next time I make this recipe, I'll definitely be cutting it in half.  Anyone want some soup?? :)


  1. ..."And now I'm swimming in soup.." I miss your humor. Come back and work with me. I am SO SO EXCITED you are blogging. Absolutely love it!!!!! BIG XO- Adding you to my faves, obvi. PS- I love the About ME, and you ARE funny. Hysterical actually. hehe

  2. yay, my first blog comment! :) thanks Lizzy! You inspired me...I owe it all to you. love you xoxo