It’s getting chilly out! The other night, as I lay in bed, I realized my feet were like chunks of ice and it wouldn’t be long before I’m slipping a hot water bottle under the covers!
Winter is a time for warm sweaters, cozy mittens, huge scarfs, furry boots…and soup.
My favourite soup, by far, ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH! So, when Sears Canada asked me to check out the new Kenmore Pro Heavy Duty Professional Blender, it seemed like the perfect time to roast up a squash and turn it into my favourite lunchtime treat!
But…before I tell you about the soup, let’s start with the blender.
I admit, I don’t have a lot of fancy kitchen gadgets so this felt pretty spectacular the moment I took it out of the box.
For starters, it has a 2L volume BPA-free container which is light-weight and easy to attach to the unit. (While it’s winter and soup is in order, I can anticipate a few summer drinks in this thing!) The unit itself has a 1450W motor with variable speeds, a pulse function and stainless steel blades…so essentially, you can chop, blend, cream, grind and crush to your heart’s content. (When I first turned it on, it practically walked across my counter!) I tested all of the buttons and in the end, had the creamiest soup imaginable…I have a feeling I’m going to really enjoy getting to know this blender!
My only issue…it’s tall and doesn’t quite fit under my kitchen counter. But, I was in the mood for a kitchen makeover anyway!
On to the soup.
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
I didn’t grow up with Squash being part of my diet and admit, the very first time I tried it was when making baby food back in the nineties…and I was hooked! This recipe is absolutely simple…and while my last blender had me blending it in batches, this one fits the entire contents in one go AND I even bought the biggest squash I could find!
- Large Butternut Squash, halved and seeded
- 1 TB Olive Oil
- 4 Green Onions, chopped (sometimes I use sweet onion)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced (more if you’re a garlic fan…I think the original recipe called for 4!)
- 2 TB Maple Syrup (or more if you’d like! I use Maple Bacon Syrup)
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
- Ground Pepper
- 3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the two pieces of squash on the pan.
- Coat the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Turn the squash face down and place in the pre-heated oven.
- Sit back…have a cup of tea, check out social media, watch a show…you’ve 45 minutes to wait for the squash to roast!
- Place the squash aside to cool for about 10 minutes or so before removing the outer skin.
- While waiting for the squash to cool, sauté the green onion in olive oil until a golden brown. (If you’re like me, chuck out the burnt bits!)
- Add garlic and salt to the pan and continue heating for about another minute.
- This is where I typically put the onion and squash in a bowl so I can begin cooking it in batches, but if you have a heavy-duty blender like the new Kenmore Pro Heavy Duty Professional Blender, it will all fit! (If you don’t have a heavy-duty blender like me, you might have to cook it in batches…or, keep reading to the end for your chance to win one!)
- Place the squash and onions into the blender along with the maple syrup, nutmeg, pepper and chicken broth. (Depending on how big your squash is, you may need to add a little more chicken broth but I like a thick soup!)
- Blend until creamy smooth and serve warm. You can drizzle a bit of maple syrup on the top or even add a bit of brie adn crackers…but it’s fabulous straight up!
And there you have it…soup for lunch!
Win a Kenmore Pro Heavy Duty Professional Blender!
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