Recipe Review: Butternut Sage Soup

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As proof, I offering today’s recipe review, the get-go inward what volition live many—unless  I larn lazy  my budding nutrition do takes off so spectacularly that I can’t discovery a spare few minutes to gear upward up something great as well as write nigh it. (And if I’m non finding great things to cook, how practiced a nutritionist tin I be, anyway?) I conception to portion recipes of my ain creation equally good equally recipes I discovery inward cookbooks, on websites, as well as wherever else I mightiness larn practiced nutrient ideas these days. (Beamed straight into my encephalon from a satellite? Ever since I finally gave inward as well as started using my Bluetooth, I’m convinced this is mere moments away.)

In the spirit of long, mutual coldness wintertime nights, as well as comfort foods that warm you lot from the within out, today I portion alongside you lot a recipe for Butternut Sage Soup, past times Diane Sanfilippo, of Balanced Bites. It’s from her book, Practical Paleo, which was released inward autumn 2012. I promise I don’t larn inward problem for posting the total recipe here. I don’t receive got her official permission, but I’m hoping she’ll run into past times that as well as only appreciate the gratuitous advertising. I’ll post service a review of the whole mass sometime, but for now, I tin give it 2 enthusiastic thumbs upward equally a cookbook whether you lot follow a Paleo diet or not. Even if you lot skip all the fantastic information she provides nigh the number of diet on everything from weight loss, to pump disease, to cancer recovery, as well as autoimmune atmospheric condition similar rheumatoid arthritis, the mass is a treasure trove of recipes for amazing meat, poultry, seafood, as well as vegetable dishes—and fifty-fifty treats similar flourless mocha bacon brownies. Yes, you lot read that right. Mocha. Bacon. Brownies. With no flour. (If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me!) Want the recipe? Buy the book! I’ve made 4 recipes from this mass already as well as they’ve all been wonderful.

Butternut Sage Soup

(You tin discovery nearly the same matter hither on Diane’s website:  Earlier version of Butternut Sage Soup)

First, the recipe equally written, as well as so a pair of alterations I made:


1 butternut squash
4 Tbsp bacon fat, kokosnoot oil, or ghee, divided
1 xanthous onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled as well as smashed
A few pinches of common salt as well as dried sage
Black pepper to taste
16 ounces os broth (Chicken is best here. Use homemade if you lot receive got it! If not, store-bought stock or broth is okay.)
2 Tbsp kokosnoot milk (optional)
Juice of 1 orange
2 Tbsp water
8-12 fresh sage leaves

*Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Peel as well as chop the squash. Toss inward 1 Tbsp of the bacon fatty (or kokosnoot oil/ghee) inward a roasting dish as well as bake for nigh forty mins, or until fork-tender.

While the squelch roasts, piece of work a large pot to sauté the onions inward the ease of the fatty until the onions laid about to dark-brown on the edges. Add the garlic to the pot, along alongside the common salt as well as dried sage. Cook for nigh 2 minutes, to receive got the border off the raw garlic. Add chicken stock, kokosnoot milk (if using), as well as water.

Add the roasted squelch as well as stir everything. Add the orangish juice only earlier turning off the heat.

After the soup has cooled a bit, pour it into a blender as well as blend until smooth. Be careful non to fill upward the blender to the travel on because the steam volition expand the liquid. Work inward batches if necessary. (*Note: I added my chicken stock to the pot later putting the squelch in. It was mutual coldness from the refrigerator as well as helped cool everything downwardly much faster.)

Once the soup is blended as well as ladled out into bowls, piece of work a little frying pan or cast atomic number 26 skillet to fry the fresh sage leaves inward 1-2 Tbsp of butter or ghee until it looks bubbly & crispy. Garnish each bowl alongside a sage foliage or two.

 Here’s what I did differently:

I dearest the whole procedure of cooking—shopping for practiced ingredients, serving something delicious, as well as everything inward between. And I’m commonly devoted to doing things from scratch. In this case, however, convenience won out as well as instead of using a whole squelch as well as having to peel, seed, as well as chop it, I took a handy-dandy supermarket shortcut alongside this baby—two packs, actually:

Nothing incorrect alongside taking a trivial assist where you lot tin larn it!
I tossed the cubed squelch alongside salt, fresh cracked pepper, as well as olive crude oil earlier roasting, because this pretty much e'er makes vegetables sense of savor amazing, as well as I knew I would desire to attempt a slice or 2 earlier adding them to the pot to live pureed. (I did, as well as they were delicious. To live honest, I was tempted to larn out the squelch equally it was as well as only consume it similar that—nothing incorrect alongside elementary roasted squelch that is freaking scrumptious. But I had a quart of homemade chicken stock all defrosted specifically to piece of work inward this soup, as well as I’m non large on drinking os broth on its own, despite the health benefits.)

I used a baking sheet, as well as here’s how the squelch looked earlier roasting:
When veggies receive got this much color, you lot know they're practiced for ya.
 Here are the onions as well as garlic, only starting to brown:

The kitchen is smelling pretty practiced correct nigh now...
Here’s everything inward the pot, later the squelch was done. I juiced a fresh orangish as well as tossed some of the pulp in, too. (Why not? Seemed a shame to only throw it out when it was all gonna larn pureed anyway.)

Here’s how it expression post-puree. I used an immersion blender instead of a blender. (More on that inward a minute.) The tiny specks you lot run into are the dried sage.

I swear I took a motion painting of the concluding product, dished out inward a bowl consummate alongside a fancy, swirly pattern made of sour cream (like you’d run into at a snooty restaurant) equally a garnish instead of the sage leaves. (So sue me. They didn’t receive got whatever at the supermarket the twenty-four hours I decided to brand this. And the sour cream is non “Paleo,” but it’s delicious, as well as only fine if you lot receive got no problems alongside dairy.) Said motion painting seems to receive got been deleted from my camera. Oh well. I did brand the swirl…I’ll essay out it another time.

SO…how’d it plough out? DELICIOUS. All inward all, a wonderful agency to consume butternut squash, which is loaded alongside ridiculous (in a practiced way) amounts of vitamins as well as minerals, as well as is a much lower-glycemic agency to larn some starch into your diet than potatoes. (Mashed butternut squash, past times the way, is insanely practiced only alongside some butter as well as salt, or a drizzle of maple syrup if you lot desire it on the sugariness side. Seriously, a great alternative to sugariness potatoes…much less saccharide alongside almost equally many nutrients.)

I used a handheld immersion blender instead of a traditional blender. (Note: the link is for the 1 I have, but I don’t recommend it. More on that another time. I’ll receive got to start reviewing recipes and equipment!) Next fourth dimension I brand this, I’ll piece of work a regular blender. The immersion blender—or, at least, the 1 I have—left this a trivial on the chunky side, piece I was expecting a smoother, silkier texture. It wasn’t super chunky, to a greater extent than similar the consistency of jarred applesauce. Not a work at all. Just something to note, depending on the texture you’re going for. (This is also most probable because I used 2 packages of pre-cut squash, which was in all likelihood to a greater extent than similar 2 whole ones, so I could receive got used to a greater extent than stock than I did, although I already did piece of work to a greater extent than than the 16oz the recipe calls for to fit 1 squash.)

I omitted the kokosnoot milk, but I’ll attempt it side past times side time. The soup was enough thick, so I don’t know what it would receive got added, except perchance a hint of kokosnoot flavor.

All inward all, this a real yummy recipe. Soups similar this freeze well, so if you lot similar it, it’s non a bad thought to brand a large batch as well as freeze quarts or pints to receive got on hand. If you lot larn out the consistency thicker—using a trivial less stock as well as water, you lot tin fifty-fifty piece of work it equally a “base”, similar they do inward fancy restaurants or so oftentimes on Chopped – where you lot spoon some of it onto a plate, spread it around alongside a spoon, as well as identify a chicken breast, pork chop, or something similarly meaty as well as complementary on travel on as well as become far all pretty. (Make it a puree, rather than a soup. In this case, that applesauce consistency would genuinely piece of work perfectly.)

In the future, I’m going to play around alongside another butternut squelch soup recipes I’ve seen that telephone outcry upward for curry, turmeric, nutmeg, as well as other warming spices. It’s that fourth dimension of year!


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