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Easy Butternut Squash Soup

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I’m a novice home gardener who has experienced varying levels of success over the past couple of years. My tomatoes typically do pretty well but I get lazy when it comes to tying them up so the vines look a mess, basil grows like crazy but I forget to harvest as much as I should before it becomes bitter in the late summer, my blueberry bushes and raspberry vines have been quite pitiful as I lose the daily battle with birds. Sigh.

 

But, apparently, I can GROW butternut squash! Start-to-finish. Seeds in a tray on top of the refrigerator then baby seedlings moved to a grow-light on the kitchen counter. Transplants to the garden as the weather warms. Vines growing like crazy and squash everywhere by late summer! I am farmer, hear me … ah, never-mind. You can see that I am pleased!

So many squash. I’ve roasted diced butternut squash in duck fat or lard, frozen chunks of butternut squash for winter stews, and made soups from butternut squash. There are STILL over a dozen of them on my dining room table. (Where else would I store them?)

Whether you grow your own or purchase from your local grocery store, this recipe may become a go-to for your busy days ahead. So easy. I throw it together in the morning, let the slow-cooker do its magic all day, then blend up a savory soup for dinner. My son says this soup “tastes like Fall.” Enjoy!

EASY Butternut Squash SOUP

1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 can full-fat coconut milk or equivalent amount of homemade coconut milk

1 cup chicken broth

1 apple, peeled and cut into chunks

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

 

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and set to Low. Allow to cook 6 to 8 hours. When squash is soft, blend soup with an immersion blender or carefully transfer to a blender to process. Consistency should be smooth and silky.

 

Season with unrefined sea salt and pepper. Top with a swirl of olive oil or, if you can tolerate dairy, a dollop of sour cream.

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