Sunday, October 3, 2010

Apple Squash Soup

As you may or may not know, I have been craving soup lately.  Usually this means I am deathly ill, or about to be.  That's what I thought it was, until I found myself still craving soup a week later - not sick at all.  (Stressed, yes.  Could that be it?  Maybe.)  I'm not a soup person at all, so this is really weird for me, but after wishing I could make soup for the whole week, I decided to go for it.

I spent the week looking at probably hundreds of soup recipes.  I don't really know why I chose this one.  It seemed like a good idea, mainly because I had both butternut squash and apples, the main ingredients.  This Apple Squash Soup from the book Clean Food is a creamy, sweet pureed soup seasoned with nutmeg.  I think it's delicious.  I roasted the butternut squash seeds with olive oil, butter and sea salt and sprinkled them on top for a crunchy texture.  One of the reasons I don't like soup is because I like to chew my food, so this helped me get through the bowl.  (Actually, I'm eating it right now.)

The recipe calls for rice milk and coconut milk - much more of the former and just a bit of the latter.  I think it may have been interesting to go with all coconut milk instead, though it would be higher in calories that way.  I can't really taste either over the squash.  I'd also be interested to try making this soup with apples that are more tart - I'm not sure what kind I used (our pick-your-own apples got mixed up very quickly) but I think they are on the milder side.  The vegetable broth I used was a Rapunzel bouillon cube - I use half what they recommend, but I may try it according to the directions next time.  The salt is important - I tasted the soup without it and it was really flat.  By the time I was happy with it I had put in 3 big pinches of sea salt.  I also ended up adding an additional 1/4 tsp of nutmeg on top of the 1/2 tsp called for in the recipe.  The recipe made a little more than 2 quarts - enough extra for the small bowl that I ate.

I can't say whether I'll make this again.  It's good, but there are tons of similar recipes out there.  Before I make this again I'd like to try some other versions and other soups entirely.  (Here's a version of this soup that sounds even better than the one I'm eating right now.)

1 comment:

  1. Here's another recipe that looks delicious.