Ever have those moments where you are just tired of the cold, dark and dreary days of winter? Me too.  The winter weather here has been just awful.  It rains a cold, almost freezing kind of rain at least twice a week and the yard and driveway are a muddy mess.

It was one of those moments that led to this soup.  I had run out to the post office to drop off Squigglybugs orders and came home with a chill.  I threw open the pantry and refrigerator and pulled out anything bright and cheerful I could find.  Orange squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots, hearty quinoa, and a dash of cayenne pepper to warm me up.  Turns out my little experiment was delicious, so delicious that I just had to share it with all of you.

Butternut Squash Soup

Warm Winter Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of shredded kale
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4th teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8th teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth (as much as you like)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Butternut Squash Soup

Directions

  1. Half the butternut squash, remove the seeds and place on a baking tray
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and carrots, cut them into a few big chunks and roast them in the oven along with the squash until soft
  3. While veggies are roasting, finely dice the onions and garlic and with the butter cook in the bottom of a large soup pot until translucent
  4. Once the pile of orange has roasted and cooled a bit, scoop out the squash and put it in the food processor along with the carrots and sweet potatoes.
  5. Blend it up, adding a splash of broth if needed.  Scoop it all into the pot with the onions and give it a stir.
  6. Add the milk, broth, quinoa, kale, and seasonings and let it all simmer till it’s good and hot.
  7. Spoon up a big old bowl, grab some crusty sourdough and get warm

Butternut Squash Soup

This soup is like a warm hug for your belly and immune system.  All those healthy veggies, a little quinoa protein punch, it’s magic.

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