First of all....my blog has been lacking for the last SEVERAL months... Not sure why, but here I am again.
I keep thinking that Summer might just show up this year....but it hasn't. And when I went to Trader Joe's and I saw Pumpkins & gourds for sale, I came to the sad conclusion that I really didn't have a summer and it is time to move on to my 2nd favorite time of the year. FALL! So, we bought pumkins & squash, started my fall decorating
Butternut Squash soup is an all time fav of mine.... I have made it with curry, with coconut milk, & with apples. But this time, I was inspired by Roasted Corn (amazingly enough, it is frozen in a bag from Trader Joe's). So here is how my delish soup came about.
Roasted Butternut Squash & Corn Soup
makes ~ 4 hearty servings
1 large butternut squash (halved and seeded)
*tip is to poke with fork & microwave a few minutes so you don't risk chopping your hand off when cutting.
a few Tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 medium sized white/yellow onion
2 celery stalks
1/2 to 1 cup frozen roasted corn (or fresh would be yummy too!)
some mexican seasoning (I get mine from bulk @ Henry's)
2 cups broth of your choice (I used chicken)
1/4 c. half and half
salt & pepper to taste
fresh cilantro for garnish
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Halve butternut squash and place in large baking dish with a 1/2 inch of water on the bottom. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and slice garlic & put in the hole of the squash. Bake about 30 to 45 minutes (until soft and browned).
Meanwhile, sautee onion, celery & corn with olive oil until soft. When squash is done (and cooled), peel & place in blender or cuisinart with onion mixture and puree. Add about 2 cups veggie (or chicken) broth to thin out.
Reheat on stove, add seasonings to your liking. Just before serving, add the half and half.
Garnish with extra corn & chopped cilantro.
Serve over brown rice (if desired)