I got this fun new Cuisinart blender for Christmas:
And while I’ve been obsessed with making smoothies lately, I wanted to see what else I could do with it. I also got a subscription to Everyday Food magazine for Christmas:
So, I decided to put the two together, took a recipe in this month’s issue, and made butternut squash soup. I’ve never made soup by myself, so I was a bit apprehensive. But if you have a blender, this recipe is amazingly simple.
Buy the squash from your grocery store that’s already halved with no skin or seeds and just chop it up into little cubes. Trader Joe’s even sells it already cut! But you’ll need about 3 pounds. Boil it and an onion in chicken broth and water for about 20 minutes and then puree it in your blender. And that’s pretty much it. It made a ridiculous amount of soup, so I put a bunch in the freezer for later this winter when I’m too cold and miserable to cook or to leave my apartment for food. I made a really healthy version (this month’s Everyday Food is a special light issue), but I also found another really delicious recipe on Martha’s site, which involves butter, orange juice, and sour cream. Yum.
It doesn’t look like anything too special, but it’s delicious! And now I’ve learned that blenders can be used for more than healthy smoothies and fun alcoholic beverages.