October 12, 2012
This soup came about when I was trying to think of something easy to make for Hadley. As it was simmering away on the stove... and smelling amazing, I had a feeling it was going to be okay. Turns out, she loves it! It's basically her favorite (next to pickles). It also turns out that I love it. and it is the simplest thing ever to throw together. I'm always a little surprised at how delicious it is because it's just so uncomplicated. Sometimes the taste reminds of me of ravioli! It's hard for me to hold back when I make it for her. Sometimes I sneak bites (whole bowls) for myself. 

So, today's lesson: don't knock baby food till you try it. And you should probably try this. 
It's really not baby food, it's just a simple squash soup that all people- babies included- might love. 

Savory Squash Soup
We'll call this a pick-your-own-amount soup, because I never measure, and you don't need to either! Just throw as much in the pot as you'd like. If you like it thicker and more sweet/squashy, add more squash. We like ours more savory and soupy, so I add more broth. Either way, be liberal with the onion and garlic. Please.

 2-4 cups or so cooked winter squash 
(we like carnival, delicata, or acorn the best)
a good amount of chopped onion
plenty of chopped garlic
sea salt
chicken broth
uncooked, grass-fed ground beef (formed into meatballs, optional)
**optional: serve over rice! my favorite way to eat it.

Cover onion, garlic, and squash with a generous amount of broth. Add salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low. Add a chunk of beef to the pot, cover and let simmer until you're ready to eat (at least 15 minutes). Mash everything in the pot with a potato-masher or something similar, or just break up the beef with your spoon. If you want to make it a little fancier, you could form the beef into meatballs before adding them to the pot. Dish it up piping hot. It's amazing served over rice with a pat of butter.

The star of this soup is beautiful, flavorful homemade chicken broth. I'm hooked. Store-bought just doesn't compare! 


1 comments:

Laura said...

when adding the ground beef, does it cook in the soup or do you cook it before it goes in?

just found your blog last night and i am obsessed - so many delicious recipes and such a great read!

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