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Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Croutons

Sunday, 1 February 2009

The butternut squash that I bought was quite a huge one (weighed about 1.5kg I think) and using the whole squash for a dish would be too heavy for just the 3 of us, so I decided to make maybe another dish or 2 with the leftovers after our Seared Tuna Steak with Butternut Squash & Mushroom Risotto meal.

Making butternut squash soup is a good way to finish off most of the leftovers we have. It's very heartwarming and comforting, great for a wintery cold night. I made some cinnamon croutons to go with it, and I have to say that it is a MUST, the croutons went extremely well with the dish. I forgot where I got the idea of pairing cinnamon croutons with butternut squash soup, might be Alton Brown, since I am a fan of his Good Eats. Anyway, the sweet cinnamon croutons made a great accompaniment to this savoury squash soup and I strongly recommend that you make some to go with your butternut squash soup!



butternut squash soup


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Shallots - diced
  • 1 Large Onion - diced
  • 1 Carrot - diced
  • 1 Celery Stalk - diced
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 750g Butternut Squash - cubed
  • Squash seeds
  • about 2 1/2 cups chicken stock (low sodium) or Water
  • 2 tbs Creme Fraiche/ Heavy Cream

Directions:

  • Sauté shallots in butter until translucent and soft.
  • Mix in squash seeds and stir fry for awhile.
  • Add 1 cup stock/ water, simmer for about 30 mins.
  • Drain, keep stock aside for later use.
  • Steam the bowl of squash until soft (about 30 mins).
  • In another pan, saute onion, carrot and celery until soft.
  • Add steamed squash and stock (remaining cup of chicken stock/ water and drained stock from sauteed shallots and squash seeds), simmer for about 30 mins.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Stir in creme fraiche.


Cinnamon Croutons


Ingredients:

  • 3 sliced Bread - cut into cubes
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/2 tbs Brown Sugar
  • Oil Spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Toss together bread, cinnamon powder and brown sugar.
  • Spread on baking sheet, oil croutons with oil spray and bake until browned. Toss croutons around every 5 mins.


I am sending this to Aparna at My Diverse Kitchen. She is hosting the "Food In Colors" event for February and this month's colour is orange.
Copy (1) of FIC Orange

38 oink oinks...:

MyF said...

this sounds delicious... tell me, how do u blend after everything's cooked? blender, or ???
i use a blender, but my new blender spills... i'm so sad. moulinex so far works like wonders despite being like 10 yrs old!

haleysuzanne said...

I love adding the cinnamon croutons to this soup - it would go perfectly together. I may have to get out my new handblender and give this a shot!

Sophie said...

This soup looks so goooooooodddd!!!!

pigpigscorner said...

MyF: I used a Kenwood liquidiser. You could use a hand blender, I have one but it's not very efficient. I am thinking of investing in another hand blender.

hayleysuzanne: Yes, I agree! They are a perfect match!

Sophie:Thanks =)

Indonesia-Eats said...

This is really lovely colour. Love it!

Cynthia said...

Such a wonderfully rich colour. I can imagine how enticing the cinnamon must be with the croutons.

tigerfish said...

I made this last week. But I think I bought some Australian Pumpkin from a Singapore supermarket. Now, is butternut squash any close to pumpkin ? I think their golden flesh looks the same ;D

KC said...

The soup looks rich and delicious. Have bookmarked it.

bittersweetblog said...

This sounds incredible! Great contrasting flavors and textures by throwing in those croutons, too.

Reeni♥ said...

How supremely divine!! Love those croutons!

5 Star Foodie said...

Cinnamon croutons - what a wonderful idea to add to a butternut squash soup! Great combination of textures and flavors here!

Dragon said...

Butternut squash soup is one of my very favourite soups. I love the addition of cinnamon to your soup!

The Caked Crusader said...

I love butternut squash soup - yours is such a gorgeous colour

Happy cook said...

Wow soup looks so yumm.
Never had croutons with cinamon.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a delicious soup! These croutons add an original touch to that wonderful dish!

cheers,

Rosa

pigpigscorner said...

Indonesia-Eats: Yes it is! I think it's a very appetising colour.

Cynthia: The cinnamon croutons were perfect with the soup! ]

tigerfish: I always think they are the same..haha...just different in shape. To me, they are similar. Could substitute for each other.

KC: Thanks =) Hope you enjoy it.

bittersweetblog: Yeap, love the flavours and tectures!

Reeni:Thanks! The croutons were yummy to munch on even on its own.

5 Star Foodie: The croutons were a great addition! Added lots of flavours ad texture to the soup.

Dragon:It's a very heartwarming and comforting soup. I love the addition of cinnamon too, great flavours.

The Caked Crusader:Thanks =)

Happy Cook: Thanks. The don't normally have sweet croutons but these went really well with the soup!

Rosa: Thanks. They compliment each other really well!

Andrew Culture said...

We eat to the seasons, so at this time of the year any suggestions for butternut are MUCH appreciated!

Andrew Culture

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Katherine Aucoin said...

Cinnamon croutons! Oh, the cinnamon croutons with the butternut squash soup sound so wonderful and original. I have to make this!

Grace said...

the soup alone sounds fabulous--so rich and creamy--but then you had to go and toss in some cinnamon, my love of all loves. excellent.

Olga said...

Yum! That sounds so nurturing, and I like how you serve it in a cup.

lk said...

I luv ur cinnamon croutons. Will try it out one day. I am sure that it will be a hit in my family.

Pam said...

Yum. This soup looks and sounds delicious. The cinnamon croutons are a great topper.

Natashya said...

We love butternut squash soup - your cinnamon croutons are a brilliant addition!

Elra said...

Sounds delicious, I especially like the addition of cinnamon croutons.
Cheers,
Elra

mikky said...

ah... just perfect... :)

Bunny said...

Those croutons are a very nice addition to the soup!! Very Nice!!

noobcook said...

Looks so smooth & creamy :)

Margaret said...

Such a beautiful soup and the flavoured croutons are so unusual.
I think I must try this recipe, very soon.

Sophie said...

butternuts have a light sweet flavor that would definitely work with the cinnamon croutons--how delicious! Though I have to admit, I might finish the croutons before actually getting to throw them in the soup :).

Robin Sue said...

Now those cinnamon croutons did it for me. What a perfect combination. Great idea!

pigpigscorner said...

Andrew Culture: We love having squash esp squash soup during this time of the year. It's so comforting.

Katherine Aucoin: I think they are perfect for each other =)

Grace: Hehe...trying to make it perfect =)

Olga: The cup is huge and having that handle is very convenient. I can drink it everywhere!

lk: I hope you'll like it!

Pam: Yeap, I think it's better with the croutons!

Natashya: Thanks!

Elra: I love the addition too!

mikky: Thanks =)

Bunny: Thanks! They made the soup better!

noobcook: Yeap, it was very smooth and creamy =)

Margaret: I think the croutons are a must!

Sophie: I was snacking on the croutons before the soup was done!

Robin Sue: They were perfect! Thanks.

spike. said...

Wow, cinnamon croutons sound great

pigpigscorner said...

They went really well with the soup and they are great to snack on!

Krissy said...

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thanks!

krissy

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks for stopping by =) It's also a great way to get to know other food cultures! You have a lovely blog with wonderful pictures.

Tangled Noodle said...

Butternut squash soup is a personal fave but the cinnamon croutons put a new spin on it! Delicious!

pigpigscorner said...

I love this soup as well! And I think the cinnamon croutons is a must!

squash soup said...

lovely recipe, thanks, i love soup and think squash soup is underrated!!

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