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Butternut Squash – Don’t be afraid of soup in the summer

I’m not, but you probably already figured that out.  It is summer though, so instead of serving soup with lots of broth, I tend to make it thicker, with more veggies and serve it with a salad or follow it with ice cream.

Sometimes, though, a real soup in the middle of summer is ok.  Especially if you time it right, so that you make the soup on the first cool day in a month. So, don’t be afraid, have your soup and eat it too, even when it’s summertime.

This one is really easy and fast too!

Butternut Squash and Chicken Soup

Butternut Squash and Chicken Soup

  • 1 Butternut Squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 quart of stock
  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken
  • olive oil or butter
  • fresh basil, chopped

Heat the olive oil or butter and add the onions and squash.  Saute until softened a bit and then add the garlic and saute for another minute or so.  Add the stock and simmer until the squash is soft.  Add the chicken and basil and serve.

I will admit, while this was good, I feel like it could have used a little something extra.  Next time, I’ll try adding a bit of tomato sauce or chopped tomatoes, and maybe top it with croutons.  Any other ideas?


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