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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Written by: Shana Troy Montréal - December 19, 2018

I love making soup. I especially love that by combining a few simple ingredients,

you create a delicious bowl of goodness that’ll make you happy & satisfied every

damn time. The best part is that it’ll always taste a tad different each time you

whip it up but, always, oh so good!

 

Perfectly comforting for these chilly months, creamy butternut squash soup is a

weekly staple in our home. While the soup is simmering, our house is filled with a

wonderful smell of sweet ginger. I actually even enjoy the smell of onions

cooking while waiting for them to caramelize.

 

Making butternut squash soup is as easy as 1-2-3, requires only a few

ingredients, and is as healthy as it can get. I love serving it beside a perfectly

cooked piece of filet mignon with a glass of wine in hand (I actually do all of my cooking with a glass of wine in hand…). This soup is honestly so decadent and

filling that it doesn’t feel like you’re eating a simple vegetable. You can go to bed

with a clear conscience knowing that you’ve nourished your body with something

that’s good for you.

 

Sending you a big warm hug, from my bowl of soup to yours! 

 

Recipe:

– evoo (extra virgin olive oil) or coconut oil

1–2 onions chopped

1 butternut squash chopped (save the seeds if you want)

1 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. ground pepper

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

– * 3–4 kaffir lime leaves (optional)

feta (for topping)

 

 

Directions :

Pour a generous amount of evoo or coconut oil in a large pot, add your onions and simmer until they are translucent and lightly browning.

Add in the ginger, cumin, turmeric, salt & pepper to your pot. Stir the spices up with the sautéed onions.

 

 

Add the cubed butternut squash to the pot and fill with water until it’s just below the top of your squash. You want the water line to be just below the cubed squash. If you add too much, your soup will be watery. If ever you find your soup too thick after blending, you can just add water… keep in mind that it’s always easy to add than to remove.

 

 

– You could also add a few kaffir lime leaves, if you have any on hand.

Let your veggies and spices simmer for a good 20 minutes.

Pour the contents of the pot into a blender, or use a hand immersion blender, and blend until it’s nice and creamy and is the perfect consistency.

Add a splash of apple cider vinegar, taste test, maybe add more salt, and blend again.

– Once the soup tastes perfect to you serve it in a bowl and crumble lots of feta on top, as well as the roasted seeds.

Optional steps: When you cube your butternut squash, you can reserve the

seeds on the side. Mix them up in a bowl with evoo, salt & pepper and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Roast them in the oven for 10 minutes, to add on top of your soup.

 

Boom voila!

Shana

 

Written by:

Shana Troy

A highly skilled dancer, Shana received her ballet training at l'École supérieure de danse du Québec and Le Jeune Ballet du Québec. Her love of dance flourished and she began her 10 year professional career with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Shana was a dancer and choreographer on Radio-Canada’s Le Match des Étoiles (Dancing with the Stars).
She also danced in the Quebec movie Sur le rythme, and was part of many TV shows and musicals. Her accomplishments don’t end there. She was Veronic Dicaire’s dance captain for 3 years in Vegas, Europe, and Quebec.

Her mom had a passion for cooking and she passed it down to Shana and her two sisters. Shana became a mom to little Grey in May 2017 and she currently teaches a barre fitness class at b.cycle’s studio in Old Montreal.

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