It's the time of year where a warm and comforting soup is the perfect answer to a chilly day! This recipe works well with any squash you come across but acorn squash was used when I found the original recipe, from the actress Tia Mowrey. She enjoys a vegan version that is incredible and over the years I have discovered it turns out well anyway you slice it, depending on the veggies you have available!
Ingredients
  • One acorn squash
  • One onion or two
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • One or two knuckles of ginger
  • Bay leaves
  • Chicken stock
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Olive oil
  • Heavy whipping cream
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Instructions

Wash ingredients and cut the acorn squash in half. Scoop out filling and set the seeds aside to cook or throw out. On a baking tray or in a Dutch oven add the squash, peeled onion, peeled ginger, peeled garlic, celery, peeled carrots, and bay leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover Dutch oven or add the tray to the oven preheated to 350 for one hour.
Take out of the oven and use tongs and a spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape acorn squash meat out, throw out skin and add chicken stock, enough to cover veggies, and let simmer. Remove bay leaves and use a blender to smooth into a soup. Pour back into the pot or Dutch oven and add your garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste and a bit of heavy whipping cream.
Serve with fresh chopped parsley, paprika, and a drizzle of olive oil or some chopped green onion. My favorite sandwich with it is grilled prosciutto, pear, and brie sandwich for dipping!
Searching for a Unique Christmas Gift?
I have fallen in LOVE with receiving local produce boxes and if you're still searching for unique gifts and you have a veggie lover in your life, might I suggest Pacific Northwest Fresh or another fantastic local produce box provider like McIlrath Farms? It's the perfect weekly surprise to try your hand at so many different menu options. I've found out I am crazy for Fennel Pesto, a recipe that happened to be included with one of my past boxes. I also have been working on pickling onions, word to the wise, using only a few peppercorns instead of filling the bottom fully is a great start or your mouth will be burning! You can even donate to a family in need by purchasing boxes for the community. You can find more recipes below and I hope you have the happiest first day of winter everyone!

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