Acorn & Butternut Squash Soup

Acorn Butternut Squash Soup - Candy Coated Culinista

Acorn Butternut Squash Soup – Candy Coated Culinista

It’s that time of year again when I start making soups on the regular.

Yield/Serving: 1 litre
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr to 1 hr. 15 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 butternut squash, cut in pieces
• 1 acorn squash, cut in pieces
• Canola oil
• 4 tbs vegetarian margarine
• 1 medium size yellow onion, chopped
• 5 cloves garlic, diced
• 1 litre vegetable stock
• Sea salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
• Cayenne pepper, generous pinch
• Sunflower seeds, to decorate
• Pumpkin seeds, to decorate
• Parsley, to decorate

Assembly
1. Pre-heat oven to 450°F
2. Wash squash and de-seed and cut into pieces and place in a large bowl.
3. Coat squash with canola oil and place in roasting pan and roast for 30 to 45 minutes.
4. When squash is finished roasting immediately place in a bowl and cover with saran wrap. (Letting the squash remain warm in the bowl, so it will be easier to remove the skin)
5. Meanwhile over medium heat, in a large pot cook onion and garlic until brown.
6. Pour in the vegetable stock and let cook.
7. Start peeling away the skin from the squash and add to pot.
8. Add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and continue to cook for 30 minutes over medium-low heat. At the 15 minute mark use an immersion blender to blend and let simmer.
9. Serve with sunflower, pumpkin and parsley on top.

Tips
• Freeze a portion if desired.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The colour of this soup was amazing and the crunch of the pumpkin and sunflower seeds added a lovely texture to the soup.

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B is for … Buttercup Squash & Green Apple Soup

Buttercup Squash & Green Apple Soup - Candy Coated Culinista

Buttercup Squash & Green Apple Soup – Candy Coated Culinista

Alphabet Soup: B is for … Buttercup Squash & Green Apple Soup

A beautiful and vibrant combination of squash & apples.

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
• 2 ribs of celery, chopped
• 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
• 2 tbsp butter
• 2 buttercup squash, seeded and sliced with skin on
• 4 tart green apples, peeled, cored and chopped
• 900ml vegetable broth
• Pinch of nutmeg
• Pinch of cinnamon
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• Salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
• 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced, to garnish

Assembly
1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter along with onions, celery and carrots and let brown for about 6 minutes.
2. In another large saucepan over medium-high heat, boil the buttercup squash until tender.
3. Drain the squash and let cool for 10 minutes and then peel off the skin.
4. Add squash pieces to the onion, celery and carrot mixture.
5. Add in the apples and vegetable broth and bring to a boil and cover.
6. Once broth has boiled turn heat down to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. At the 15 minutes mark add in the nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and continue to stir occasionally.
8. Using an immersion blender, blend until all the vegetables & fruit have been pureed and the soup is smooth.
9. Garnish with apple slices and sprinkle with cayenne pepper.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is my most delicious soup by far and the vibrancy of the soup just made me want to eat it even more. The kick of cayenne pepper adds an extra note to this tasty soup.

Autumn Squash Soup

Fall Squash Soup - Candy Coated Culinista

Fall Squash Soup – Candy Coated Culinista

This is a scrumptious fall soup recipe that I made on a whim; as I had to use up the left over pumpkin and coconut milk from my sky high pumpkin pie. I really enjoyed experimenting and making soup from scratch, and I thought about all the aspects of this like: the colour, taste, texture and the trickier aspect of how to make a not so pleasantly coloured soup look tasty and inviting.

Yield/Serving: Roughly 2 litres
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1hour
Difficulty level is: Medium – Labour Intensive

Ingredients
• 1 butternut squash
• 1 pepper squash
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 8 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 900 ml vegetable stock
• 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
• 2 ½ cups pumpkin puree
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 1 tbsp herbs de Provence
• 1 tbsp basil leaves
• 1 tbsp parsley
• 2 tsp black pepper
• 4 tbsp sea salt
• 1 sprig green onion, chopped on the bias
• Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 425°F and roast butternut, pepper squash and sweet potato for 30 minutes.
2. In a large sauce pan on medium-high with olive oil fry onion and garlic until slightly browned.
3. Once browned add 1 cup of vegetable stock and blend using an immersion blender.
4. Pour the squash and sweet potato into the large saucepan along with the remaining vegetable stock and blend once more. Stir continuously until soup thickens.
5. Add the pumpkin puree and coconut milk along with all the herbs and spices and stir for 5 more minutes.
6. Let simmer for 10 minutes to let flavours marry.
7. Top with green onions and sprinkle red pepper flakes on top.

Tips
• If you would like this a little less thick add more chicken stock.
• Freeze some soup for another day to enjoy.
• Roast the sweet potato for 1 hour and not boil them if desired.
• Serve these with crescent rolls or homemade biscuits.

Please Enjoy

Reviews
Mr. C. absolutely loved this. I got multiple compliments and high fives. He even asked to save him some for lunch the next day. I have to mention he doesn’t like carrying leftovers to work the next day so that means if he wants, it I really did a really good job. “Yum yum yum. That soup was amazing” He liked the extra addition of the pepper flakes and commented that it added a nice spicy kick. He cleaned his bowl so I knocked this one out of the park I think.

My thoughts
I am super proud of myself. This autumn soup embodied all the fall flavours to me: it was hearty, rich and had some complexity to it.

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