I can’t believe it’s the end of September and fall has officially started. This month has flown by; I’ve had a lot going on in my life and the next month is going to be even busier. I’m moving house at the end of this week, which I’m quite excited about as change and new environments have always been a positive happening for me. I’m enjoying the process of decluttering and reorganizing my possessions, but at the same time I’m looking forward to being unpacked, settled, and having my free time back.
Fall time has always been a season I look forward too. The changing leaves, cooler temperatures, hearty foods, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, and Halloween are at the top of the list of things that bring me happiness in this season. My go-to ingredient I love to cook with in autumn is squash – any kind really: butternut, delicata, acorn, spaghetti – I love them all! I’ve been making butternut squash soup for years and couldn’t believe I haven’t shared the recipe I make time and time again. My family raves about my squash soup skills and often ask me to prepare this for family gatherings. The recipe really couldn’t get any easier and it’s mouthwatering.
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 large butternut squash, diced
- 4-6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 apple, diced
- 1½ tbsp Italian seasoning
- salt & pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until slightly translucent, about 3-4 mins. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic and carrots and sauté for another 3-4 mins.
- Add butternut squash and enough vegetable broth to just about cover the butternut squash (leaving about an inch uncovered). Increase heat to high, bring to a boil, and reduce to low.
- Let the soup cook for 10 mins, then add the apple, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring back to a boil, reduce to low, and cook until the butternut squash is fork tender.
- Remove pot from heat and use an immersion blender to purée to a smooth consistency. If the consistency is too thick, add extra vegetable broth or water to thin it out a little. Serve hot.