Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This is a very simple soup which is incredibly easy to make and can be made from locally grown ingredients. It is a wonderful flavor for the Fall/Autumn and a great comfort food as the air starts to get nippier. Serve with some bread from the Farmer’s Market. For those of you in Farmville try the Cheese bread from Sue Smorto/Sooz Kitchen.

I tend to make soup haphazardly so these are not precise ingredients but will give you the general idea.

Ingredients:

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The butternut squash and onion were bought at the Farmville Farmer’s Market.

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Peel and chop the onions and fry them in some olive oil until translucent. The heat should be high and you’ll need to stir them regularly to prevent from browning.

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Peel and chop the garlic. I used a whole bulb of garlic which had 6 cloves. You want plenty of garlic. Turn down the heat to medium and add the garlic to the pan.

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Peel and roughly chop the butternut squash into chunks about 1 inch square.

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Add the butternut squash to the pan and stir well. Leave on the heat and stir occasionally until the garlic and squash are starting to cook. Salt and Pepper to your taste and add 2 tablespoons of curry powder. I like a lot of curry flavor but you can adjust this amount to better suit your taste. I recommend being generous with the pepper as you want it to give the soup a wee bit of a bite. Mix well and cook for about another 10 minutes.

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At this point fill the pot with enough water to almost cover the vegetables and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and put a lid on the pot so that the soup is left simmering for a while. Check at regular intervals to make sure there is plenty of liquid and the soup is staying at a simmer and not boiling.

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Let it simmer away gently for a couple of hours until the squash is well cooked. Once everything is well cooked it will look like the picture above.

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Add 1 cup of milk/single cream/half and half/heavy cream depending on how creamy and calorie laden you are willing to go. I use half and half/single cream.

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At this point it really depends how thick you like your soup. Blend everything together and see how thick the soup is, then water it down to the thickness you desire.

Cooking

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