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When the temperature goes down, I start to monkey around with soup concoctions.
Tonight’s combination turned out particularly well—the Belgian Wonder, who grew up with soup as a dietary staple, praised the blend and balance of flavors. “Very smooth, very tasty, very healthy,” he said. He took two servings and set aside some for lunch.
Here’s what it looked like in the pot. It uses all orange veggies.
I’ll do my best to explain it below.
Creamy Harvest Soup
- 2-3 T olive oil (I just poured a little in–I guess that’s about what it was)
- 1/4 C diced onions (at most–I have to go easy on the onions)
- 1 or 2 carrots, diced (I was using baby carrots, so I’m estimating)
- 2 cans chicken or vegetable broth (vegetable broth makes this vegan)
- 1-2 C water (maybe more–enough to cover the veggies when cooking)
- 1 butternut squash, cut into pieces (you can cut it up raw or pre-cook slightly to soften it in the oven or microwave)
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed or diced (cooks faster if diced)1/3 to 1/2 C canned pumpkin (I had some left from baking muffins; you could make this recipe without it)
- Additional broth to thin out as desired
- Salt to taste
- In a large pot, cook carrots and onion in oil until onion is soft (carrots don’t have to be cooked through yet).
- Add broth and then add squash and sweet potato.
- Add water to cover.
- Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer until veggies are soft.
- Add pumpkin (if you have some–not too much, though, or it will taste too pumpkin-y).
- When soup is slightly cooled, puree in batches using the blender; or it’s easier to use a hand blender to puree the soup right in the pot.
- Add water or additional broth, stirring until soup is desired consistency (I like my soup pretty thick, but some people like it thinner–you can experiment and decide what you prefer; after blending, this soup was very thick, and even I added a lot of water).
- Salt to taste.
If you have some, put a dollop of cream or half-n-half in the soup when you serve it. But it’s delicious without, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have any on hand.
Serve with a salad and thickly sliced multi-grain bread.
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I scored big with a Kroger manager’s special: crème fraîche was on sale. Wow, was it good in this soup!
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What a healthy, delicious, very fall-like soup. Sounds great!
What a delicious way to get your vitamin A!
So creme fraiche is the magic ingredient? I’ll try it, thanks!
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Looks delicious! I have most of those ingredients in my pantry! Seems perfect for this dreary, cold and damp weekend!
Thanks for sharing!
We are having lots of soups at our house too. Thanks for hosting!
mmmm….I can feel the comfort in my tummy already. Thanks.
Sounds awesome and delish! I love soup too, but the rest of the family wants steak! The kids get their love of steak from their dad. So, I have decided to offer a compromise. They can have steak, albeit a very small portion, along with soup, salad and some home made rolls or bread.
I’ll bet they go with my offer. I can usually get some very cheap steaks in the discount section of my Smiths/Kroger store. They never used to offer ‘specials’ but now they are. It works for us. We usually have a day or two before the sell by date, so I can use them or freeze them. But I think we should cut down on our portion size of the meat and go with more healthy with the veggies………………
Thanks Ann for a great soup recipe. Thanks for hosting.
That looks like something that would go really well with a panini from Panera. 🙂
Looks delicious! I’m going to try the vegan version. Thanks for sharing. 🙂