I mean seriously, I could eat butternut squash and pumpkin everyday in the fall!  I'm always looking and thinking of new ways to make it yummy.  Today I thought of making butternut squash soup with corn to thicken it instead of using so much cream.  Of course my waistline thanks me for that : )

And of course who wants to eat soup alone?  So I invited over my good girlfriend Ashley, from my favorite Coco Rose Events

SoupButternut Squash and Corn Soup

Serves 4

What you'll need:

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 large butternut squash (about 1 lb.), peeled and diced

4 cobs of corn, kernels removed

4 cups vegetable broth

2 tbsp. heavy cream (optional)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you like the heat)

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 cup creme fraiche

What you'll do:

Drizzle about 1/4 cup olive oil in a large pot and set heat on medium.  Add in the onions and toss.  When they get soft after a couple minutes, add in the squash and garlic and a big pinch of salt and pepper.  Stir and let sit while you take the kernels off the corn.  Add the corn from 3 of the cobs to the pot along with the broth.  Let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the squash is tender.  

Very carefully, transfer the soup to a blender and in batches puree and return to the pot.  If you like your soup more creamy, add a couple tablespoons of heavy cream.  Season with the cinnamon and cayenne.  Taste and season as necessary.  Keep the soup on low heat.

For the cream swirl, in a food processor or blender, combine the creme fraiche and kernels from the last corn cob.  Puree until smooth.

To plate, ladle the soup into a bowl and with a tablespoon, swirl the cream on top.  Don't worry, if you mess up, take a toothpick and just swirl it around to look good ; )

Enjoy warm!

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Tools I used:

Vita Mix Blender

Wusthof Santoku Knife (the best knife to get through thick vegetables!)

Le Creuset Pot (the only pot I ever need)



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