Butternut Squash Bisque

 

It’s winter and It’s cold out: It’s the perfect storm for making soup. No, we aren’t getting another Storm like Jonas anytime in the current forecast, but why not eat food that warms you up from the inside out in weather like this?

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Photo: Reuters//Ricky Rodgers

Butternut Squash isjanuary seasonal produce delicious in so many forms, and pairs great with other vegetables. Butternut Squash is also called winter squash, because of the harvest time.  Eating in season produce is one of the surest ways to up your vitamin intake and get the freshest available foods! Butternut Squash is full of Vitamins A & B, Dietary fiber and Potassium.

This Valira Recipe is perfect to make in your Valira Aire Tall Casserole Pot! The size is perfect for a batch of soup to feed the family! The soup is relatively quick to make as well (about an hour of cook time).  Don’t forget to save a cup of it to take for lunch in your Valira Inoxterm Thermos and Nomad Lunch Bag! termosoft

Tools:

Blender or Immersion Blender

Valira Aire Tall Casserole Pot

Chef’s knife and cutting board

Vegetable peeler

Spoon to scoop out the squash seeds.

Ingredients:

1 Yellow Onion (finely chopped)

1 C. Leeks (chopped)

1 Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded and diced into 2” chunks)*

1 Medium Potato (peeled and diced into 2″ chunks)Butternut Squash Bisque 2.jpg

2/3 C. Milk

1/2 C. Water

Freshly chopped Parsley

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg (to taste)

 

Directions:

  1. Finely dice onion and leeks.
  2. Peel & Cut the potato and squash into cubes.*
  3. Heat your Valira Aire Tall Casserole dish and add a drizzle of olive oil. Turn to high heat and sweat onions and leeks until they become translucent. Turn down the heat so that they do not burn.
  4. Add squash and potatoes, and cook for a few minutes.Butternut Squash Bisque 1.jpg
  5. Incorporate the water, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook on medium heat for half an hour, until the squash becomes soft.
  6. Once you have made sure that the squash and potatoes are soft enough, pour into a blender and puree, or use an immersion blender in your pot. Blend until smooth.Butternut Squash Bisque.jpg
  7. For a thicker soup, return to the stove and let simmer for another half hour. Otherwise, serve topped with chopped parsley and crunchy croutons!

Butternut Squash Bisque done.jpg

*For advice on peeling and cutting a Butternut Squash, check out this link: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_peel_and_cut_a_butternut_squash/

 

 

(Valira Recipes. Translated by Sarah Voska. Made for the Valira Aire Tall Casserole)

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