03 January 2008

It's Snowing, it's Soup Time!

























Squash & Spinach Soup


1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
5cm piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped,
2 tsp turmeric
1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
3 handfuls spinach, chopped
1 handful fresh coriander, chopped
2 - 3 pints vegetable stock


Saute the onion, garlic and ginger in the olive oil until the onion becomes translucent. Add the turmeric and a little water to prevent from sticking. Add the other vegetables and cook for a few minutes, mixing well. Add the vegetable stock and spinach. Bring to the boil, them simmer for 30 minutes. Add the coriander and whizz the soup until smooth. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Serves 6

I made this yummy soup for a small dinner party last night. It was simple fare.

For starters, we had soup with some crusty brown bread, then we had Penne with a tomato & chilli sauce (I made way too much pasta as usual, I never learn!) and we finished with chocolate cheesecake. No booing and hissing please, it was a shop bought cheesecake! I arranged the dinner party at the last minute, so out of the freezer it came, just waiting for such an occasion.


I bet the soup will taste even better today! I am going to have some for lunch.

I am having a lazy, indulgent day today, snuggled up warm in the house with the cats, looking out at the snow as it drifts down. Back to work tomorrow! Sigh!

22 comments:

  1. Great soup...squash soups can make your guests think you slaved over the stove top!

    As for your cheesecake, the French will also complement the hostess on her good tastes in shopping...including food.

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  2. You have made me feel better already Peter!

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  3. Very comforting soup Holler. The bakeries even at the grocery store have some wonderful products these days. I had a white chocolate mousse cake not so long ago.

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  4. Mmmm - warm, cosy, wonderful soup.

    As for the cheesecake, I think that sounds like an extremely good idea, otherwise you'd never get to spend any time with your friends!

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  5. White Chocolate Mousse Cake, mmm, sounds amazing Val!

    Hi Jen, The soup was good and indeed better today! But I am having regrets about the cheesecake now! It was ok, if quite small, but I have just been over to Peter's, blog and the blueberry cheesecake he made, is absolutely amazing! So much for him complimenting me on my shopping prowess! He is sneaky!

    I hope you heard that Kevin!

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  6. That's "sneaky Pete" to you! ;)

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  7. Better be careful Peter or should I call you Sneaky Pete, these names have a tendency to stick!

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  8. Nothing like soup when it's cold. Yours is a nutrition powerhouse.

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Hi Urban Vegan, I never thought about the nutrients when I made the soup, but you are right, it will be packed with them!

    Happy New Year, right back at ya!

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  10. Comfort at its best! That soup looks sooo good. We have had a very unusual cold snap here in Key West, set a record low of 45 last night! I know that sounds like no big deal, but this far south it is not a normal thing. So since I am having a touch of "winter" here, I am up for some comfort food!
    Enjoy your day off! The best days off are those snow days when you can get a warm blanket, hot tea and soup, a good cookbook to read and kitties to keep your feet warm! And maybe later on, a glass of red wine!

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  11. We are not far off that Deb! We are at 39 just now, which is a little bit milder than usual, but we are still feeling the bite!
    Oh, you are making me want the red wine. I have everything else, but the red wine. Poor me!

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  12. Ohh, I like the colour the spinach gives the soup.

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  13. Hi Katerina, I think the spinach has turned the soup into the colour of english mustard.

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  14. It's soup time indeed :)
    Happy New Year!

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  15. snow and soup - I am jealous! It is 35 C here today - more the sort of cheesecake weather - glad you had some in the freezer for your impromptu dinner party! Lovely soup too!

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  16. I craved soup at work today - it was actually snowing!

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  17. Your soup sounds sooo good! A lot of squash recipes go sweet, which I don't like. That's what cheesecake is for!

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  18. The squash and spinach soup sounds really tasty! I like all of the ginger in it.

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  19. it is soup time Holler! We have just finished off aload of carrots in a carrot and lemon soup.

    Nice veggie post for you on the Blog if you care to take a peek.

    Cheers
    David

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  20. it's soup-weather indeed!! I LOVE butternut squash and spinach - what a divine combination for your soup!!

    happy new year!!

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  21. Happy New Year Pille!

    It's me who is jealous Johanna, what I would give for a pot of that sunshine and heat just now!

    See Yvonne, The two go hand in hand, snow and soup!

    I have to admit Atxvegn, I haven't used squash for anything other than soup! I should though, but not pumpkin pie, that just doesn't appeal to me at all!

    Hi Kevin, The ginger is strong in the soup, it gives it a real ying! I just love that!

    Hi David, Carrot & lemon soup sounds tasty! I put lemon in my lentil soup which also has carrots in it and that works really well! The Pan Haggerty looks good! I love anything with potatoes!

    Happy New Year Veggiegirl!

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  22. Nice combination :)
    I never had squash AND spinach in a soup together. Will try!

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