Tuesday, 12 November 2013

tasty tuesday: roasted butternut squash soup with rosemary cheddar biscuits


I really love making soups in Fall and Winter.  They're just so warm and cozy, and the combinations of flavors are endless.

It was a chilly afternoon a couple days ago when I decided that I just had to have butternut squash soup.  Nothing else would do.  And thus, this soup was born.  

My momma helped me out, and we made it up as we went along.  I knew that this soup wasn't quite complete without biscuits, so of course that needed to happen.  We decided to spice up our regular biscuit recipe with a couple handfuls of cheddar, as well a few sprigs of freshly picked rosemary.  There are so many Fall flavors going on in this meal, and they came together beautifully.




Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
by: Kelsey {from p.s.heart}
yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
4 lbs Butternut squash, peeled and chopped (or 1 large Butternut squash)
2 medium sweet onions, chopped coarsely
6-8 cloves garlic, halved

oil
seasoning salt
black pepper

8 cups chicken stock
1/4 tsp black pepper (to taste)
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

[optional]: toasted, chopped walnuts for topping

Directions:
1)  First, peel, remove the seeds from, and chop up your Butternut Squash.  We used a kitchen scale to measure out four pounds, but you don't need it to be exact.
2)  Chop up your onions coarsely (don't dice them finely, otherwise they'll burn when you roast them).
3)  Halve your garlic cloves,
4)  Place squash, onions and garlic on two cookie sheets (or a large roasting pan).  Drizzle with a little bit of oil, sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper, and then roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes (until squash pieces are soft).  Be sure to stir every 10-15 minutes.
*We used 2 cookie sheets in our convection oven, but a large roasting pan will be fine, they just won't get as brown!
5)  In a large pot (we used our large le creuset, or a dutch oven would work nicely), add roasted squash, onions and garlic.  Add 8 cups of chicken stock, black pepper, curry power and cayenne pepper, and bring to a gentle simmer.  Be sure to keep tasting your soup and adjust spices to your own taste.
6) We used an immersion blender to puree everything, although you could also use a plain old blender and blend the soup in a few batches.  Once the soup is heated through, it's ready to serve!
7)  Top with sprinkling of toasted, chopped walnuts right before serving.





Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits
yields: ~12 biscuits

Ingredients: 
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped (ours measured about 4" long - note: dried rosemary will not work well here)
1 cup milk

Directions: 
1)  In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
2)  Using a pastry cutter, or fork, cut in margarine.
3)  Stir in cheddar and rosemary*.
*Remove rosemary from stem by sliding fingers down the stem towards the base gently.  Discard stem, and chop the leaves by using a rocking motion with a chef's knife.
4)  Add in milk, and stir together.  Be careful not to overmix here.  As soon as the dough starts to come together, use your hands to pull it out onto a lightly floured surface.
5)  Gently pat the dough down until it's about 2" thick.  Cut into squares, or you can use a cookie cutter to do this as well.
6)  Place on a cookie sheet, and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes (bake time depends on thickness).  If you're unsure whether or not they're done, just break one open to check!
Serve warm!





Do you have a favorite Fall/Winter soup?

p.s. ♥ kelsey

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