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! 


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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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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