>> Friday, November 2, 2012
As you know well, my favorite cooking method is roasting. So, without really knowing where I was going with a gigantic butternut squash Halloween night, I cubed it and let it roast. At some point during that hour, I decided the best use for it was in soup.
Yes. A nice, peppery butternut squash soup. Problem: I didn't have any vegetable stock or broth. No soy sauce to speak of either (I use a splash or two to flavor water in a pinch). But I did have half a tub of miso left over from my Miso Stew last week.
And that's how this happened:
BUTTERNUT SQUASH & MISO SOUP
What you'll need . . .
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 white onion, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 to 2 tablespoons white miso paste (yellow would work, too)
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 2 to 4 cans-worth of water
- Salt, pepper to taste
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Place the cubed squash on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, and roast for an hour, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once that's done, in a stock pot over medium heat, saute your onion and garlic in a tablespoon or two of olive oil for a few minutes. Until the onions are glassy and fragrant.
- Add in the cubed squash. Then the miso paste. Try to break it up so that it's coating the squash.
- Then add the coconut milk and water (however much you add depends on how thick you'll want your soup -- we did 3 cans of water). Let cook until simmering. Then simmer for 10 minutes or so.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and then blend on low until everything is well incorporated.
- Return to stove over low heat and season with salt and pepper.
My kitchen is so dark these days. I attempted to use my iPad to bounce some light. It helped, but not enough . . .
I may need to dig my DIY Light Box out of the attic with the time change coming up. I'll probably be up there quite a bit this weekend, as I have grand plans to clean the house up and down before Ada's birthday party in 15 days. Not that I'm counting or anything.
Hope everyone is doing well as we head into the weekend. I don't know quite how I feel about the NYC Marathon being held despite the destruction. Well, yes I do. This Time article does a good job of expressing my thoughts.
My in-laws are still without power, so they are coming up tonight. I'm hoping they can get gas to make the trek without waiting in line for hours. Thankfully they had only minimal issues with the winds otherwise. So, we'll take this as a nice, unexpected visit!
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