Roast your butternut squash in the oven, because chopping is hard and scooping is fun. Then blend it up with some apples, onions, and sage. An easy, healthy, warm dinner that will support your crusade against Jack Frost.
We had a dumpling-making party the other night with some friends, and I got to try out my friend Kate’s chain-mail glove:
She asked for a chef’s knife for Christmas a while back, and got this instead. A chain-mail glove, to protect your fingers from nicks, cuts, and probably the apocalypse. She didn’t get the knife until the next Christmas. Because, priorities.
Kate is a violinist, and her husband is afraid she will actually chop off her fingers. Which, in his defense, are a pretty solid asset when it comes to fiddling. Now her fingers are safe. And now she can get into all the bar fights she wants, because even brass knuckles got nothin’ on this chain-mail.
Have you ever chopped a raw butternut squash? Having a metal glove on for that job is not a bad idea. Those babies are tough to get through. But I have good news! You only have to chop the squash in half for this recipe, no dicing or slicing. Just roasting and toasting. (“No more rhymes now, I mean it! Anybody want a peanut?”)
Roasting does something magical to butternut squash. It brings out all it’s good qualities. When you combine those good qualities with a healthy dose of apple, onion, and sage (fresh or dried), you get a perfect 1-hour weeknight meal. This soup is perfect for freezing if you have leftovers. Serve with crusty bread and salad. We actually ate this with leftover Bacon Ricotta Crostini, which I highly recommend!
P.S. Don’t try to toast butternut squash seeds on the same pan that you roast it on…they will burn. See exhibit A above. Doh!
Source: from my BFF Sarah, who adapted it from Chow.com
Butter, salt, pepper. Don’t skimp on any of them. My life’s mantra.
More easy and healthy soups:
More soup please!
Curried Butternut Squash Soup w Whipped Coconut Cream from Heather’s French Press
Easy Healthy Butternut Squash Soup from Creme de la Crumb
Thai Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup from Carlsbad Cravings