Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Roast Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup ~ Mid Week Munchies

On New Years Eve, it was 17 degrees freezing. So we decided to stay in. We had dinner about 9:30 p.m. played a few games and then the kids went out and braved the cold to do a little car sledding.

The menu for New Years was a-ma-zing-ly delicious. My sister and I made a variation on Red Pepper Soup {we added butternut squash} parmesan rolls, cold roast beef, chips and dip, sweets, treats and candy galore. The soup turned out so out of this world, I had to share. Disclaimer: I was originally given this recipe from my dear friend Ella, the squash, cream, cheese and a few proportions changes are my personal variations.

Roasted Red Pepper and Butternut Squash Soup

2-3 Red Peppers
1 medium Butternut Squash
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion
2 tablespoons flour
4 cans of chicken broth
3/4 cup of cream
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper

#1 Roast Peppers and Squash
Set oven to 450 degrees. Line your cookie sheet with tin foil. The pepper juice for some reason is really tricky to scrub off your pan. Lining with tin foil eliminates that problem.

Clean, cut, scrap and place. I roast the peppers and squash together. The peppers roast at 500 degrees and take about 15-20 minutes. After roasting, immediately place peppers in a paper bag, seal top and set aside. (For wonderful step-by-step directions visit Tammy's blog) The peppers steam in the paper bag and the skins are easy to remove. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees and cook the squash for another 20 minutes or until tender, check with a toothpick. While squash is roasting add a dollop of butter and salt and pepper.

#2 In your Stock Pot
In your stock pot, saute 2 cloves of garlic and half an onion chopped/minced with 1/2 cube of butter. Add 2 tablespoons flour to make a paste. Add 4 cans (14.5 oz.) of chicken broth. Allow broth to come to a simmer and allow flour paste to dissolve.

#3 Peppers and Blending
Remove skins from peppers. Peppers should be flimsy, slippery and soft when skins are removed. Cut skinny lengthwise slices and add to broth. Pour entire soup into blender and blend until smooth. About 2 minutes. 

#4 Finishing Touches
Pour soup back into stock pot and simmer. Add 3/4 cup of cream and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Add cubed chunks of squash to soup by hand (approx. 2 cups), Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat and allow soup to thicken.

Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and Enjoy. The perfect soup on a cold winters day!
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