Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Simple Soup for the Busy Mom

I was going to call this "one-handed soup" but I tried to chop onions one handed this morning and it was not a pretty site!

This is my take on a recipe that I saw on my favorite cooking show "the Barefoot Contessa" (shouldn't all food hosts be fat?) that is cheap, simple to make and tastes oh so delicious. And is only a few points for those that are on Weight Watchers, like I am. Enjoy!!

Butternut Squash Soup
1 - butternut squash chopped into about 1 inch chunks (I usually buy the pre-cut stuff)
1 - spanish onion chopped into a similar size as squash
2 - mild flavored apples (I use Macouns normally) chopped same size
Generous amounts of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
olive oil
Chicken stock (I like the low-salt variety)

Pre-heat oven to 420 degrees. Place the squash, onion and apple on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil (enough to coat everything). Sprinkle with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Use hands (or spatula) to get everything all mixed together. In 20 minutes stir ingredients on baking sheet to ensure nothing is sticking. Cook for another 20 minutes and then put the roasted vegetables into a blender. Add chicken stock and blend. The amount of chicken stock is up to you, depending on how thick you like your soup. Viola!! You have a delicious treat, that I think is even equally as good cold.

Ina, the Barefoot Contessa, garnished it with toasted cashews, scallions and toasted coconut, but I eat it as is to save on points.



  1. Anything by Ina is so delis (her brownie pudding is d-a-n-g-e-r-o-u-s)! But tough to find recipes of hers that do not contain 2+ sticks of butter; guess that is why everything tastes so good! I am a fan of Giada recipes - not too many ingredients to get, especially if you stock your pantry accordingly and the only thing she is heavy on, is the olive oil, which I am ok with. In her Everyday Italian Cookbook, she has a recipe for a simple Bolognese, that really is simple and my husband drools over (as I am a vegetarian, I have to take his word for it!)

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