This soup is a take on traditional Potato Leek Soup. I use ham stock instead of chicken, because it’s flavor complements the potatoes and cream so nicely. The buttermilk adds a tanginess that makes this soup stand out from other versions in complexity. For a vegetarian version, simply substitute vegetable stock in place of the meat stock. Potato Leek Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 3 Leeks (white and pale green parts only), rinsed, halved, and sliced 3-4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter 2 large Potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced thinly 1 quart Ham Stock (Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock may be substituted.) 1 Bay Leaf 1/4 tsp. dried Lemon Thyme (Use regular Thyme, if Lemon is not available) 1/2 tsp. ground White Pepper 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 1 cup Buttermilk Salt to taste Instructions: Melt Butter in skillet or large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add Leeks and caramelize, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes until soft, sweet, and translucent. (The goal here is to cook over a low enough heat that the Leeks and Butter do not brown/discolor.) While Leeks are caramelizing, bring Stock to a boil in a large stock pot. Add sliced Potatoes, Bay Leaf, Thyme, White Pepper, and Nutmeg. Reduce heat to simmer. Add caramelized Leeks. Allow soup to simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender and falling apart when mixed. Remove soup from heat and Salt to taste. Add Cream and Buttermilk. Use immersion blender to mix and liquefy. Serve hot with a fresh crust of buttered bread.
Many years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to this recipe, and I have never made another butternut squash soup since. It is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. It will fill you up and keep you toasty in this chilly weather, and it freezes well, too, in case you want to save some for a rainy day! Creamy Butternut Squash Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 8 servings. Ingredients: 1 large Onion, diced 4 cloves Garlic, minced 3-4 tbsp. Oil of Choice 4-5 lbs. Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed 3 Carrots, diced 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced 6 cups Chicken Stock (Vegetable Stock may be substituted for vegetarian version.) 2 tbsp. Honey 2 (8 oz.) packages Cream Cheese, cubed Salt and Pepper to taste 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder dash of Nutmeg Instructions: In a stock pot over medium heat, sauté Onions and Garlic in Oil until translucent. Add Squash, Carrots, and Apple. Mix together and cook covered until vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally, approximately 15-20 minutes. Add Stock, Honey, Pepper, Chili Powder, and Nutmeg. Let mixture simmer until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork, approximately 20-30 minutes. Use immersion blender to blend all ingredients in the pot. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, blend the soup in batches in a regular blender.) Add cream cheese and stir until melted and evenly mixed. Use immersion blender one more time, if necessary. Voila! Enjoy your soup hot, with whatever toppings suit your fancy–roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sour Cream, fresh or dried Herbs, another sprinkling of Chili Powder, etc. with some fresh bread alongside! Image courtesy of: http://www.snixykitchen.com/2014/03/25/recipe-rewind-butternut-squash-soup-with-parmesan-crisps/.
I recently came across this recipe in a newer cookbook called The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon, and I couldn’t contain my excitement, knowing that squash season was right around the corner. Don’t laugh – I get really excited about my food! Beautiful and simple – the recipe below is my adaptation. that melds together all the colors and flavors of Fall. Maple Spice Delicata, Fennel, & Kale Adapted from a recipe by Sara Forte Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 3 small Delicata Squash (about 1 – 1.5 lbs. total), skin on, halved and seeded 1 large Fennel Bulb, fronds reserved for garnish 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup 1 tsp. Whole Grain Mustard 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. freshly grated Nutmeg Salt and Pepper to taste 1 bunch Kale, stems removed 3 tbsp. Onion, minced Instructions: Preheat oven to 400º. Position one rack in lower third and one in upper third of oven. Slice Squash into 1″ half moons. Slice Fennel down center. Cut out tough core. Slice into 1/2″ wedges. Spread Squash and Fennel on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. Olive Oil, Maple Syrup, Mustard, Cayenne, Red Pepper Flakes, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and a few generous pinches of Salt and Pepper. Toss gently until evenly coated, adding another drizzle of Oil or Maple Syrup if mixture seems too dry. Roast on upper rack for 30-45 minutes or until Squash is tender and caramelized, tossing vegetables halfway through. While Squash cooks, rip Kale into large chunks and spread on second baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. At 30 minute mark, move Squash to lower rack and place Kale on top rack. Bake for 10 minutes until edges are crisp. Add minced Onion and gently toss all ingredients together. Serve warm. *Image courtesy of: http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2013/2/6/maple-spice-delicata-fennel-kale-bowl.html.