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Soup and a Goat Cheese Tart, Anyone?

March 27, 2011

I have two great recipes for you — Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and a Goat Cheese Tart.

It is true that butternut squash is traditionally eaten in the fall. However, I was pleased to find a fresh, organic butternut squash in my recent Farmer’s Market bag from Specialty Produce. Butternut squash is delicious roasted, in risotto, and of course, soup.

I whipped up a batch of Butternut Squash and Apple Soup for my mom who is recovering from hip replacement surgery. This recipe is somewhat adapted from an Ina Garten’s Butternut Squash Soup. But mine has it’s own twists and turns. I think you’ll like this tasty fall (or spring) soup.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

1 lb. butternut squash, steamed

1 apple, chopped (whatever you have on-hand is fine)

1/2 brown onion, chopped

1/2 tsp. thyme

olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

4 cups chicken stock

2 – 4 Tbsp. cream (optional – but it’s worth it!)

If you have an actual butternut squash, you’ll want to peel it, scrape out the seeds and cut it into chunks. If you’re not using a whole squash (which I’ve never done before this time), get out your bag of butternut squash chunks. Steam the squash chunks until they’re soft.

While the squash is steaming, peel and chop the apple and onion.

Saute onion in olive oil in a large soup pot. Add apple and saute some more. Then add the butternut squash, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir ingredients together until they’re all soft and combined.

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and allow soup to simmer for about 20 minutes.

When that’s done, remove the soup pot from the stove and use a hand-blender to puree the soup. If you don’t have a hand-blender, you can also put it in batches into a standing blender and then put back into the soup pot. Add cream to give it a little richness. Of course, you can leave this out if you prefer. Taste for salt and pepper, and serve.

A great companion to the soup is Ina Garten’s Goat Cheese Tart. I have made this tart many times and, as intimidating as it sounds, it’s very easy. In fact, you can make it even easier if you buy a pie crust from the store. I did that last week when I made this and it tasted as good as homemade.

So whip up a batch of soup and a tart for dinner this week. You won’t be disappointed!

Goat Cheese Tart

11 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2011 4:53 am

    I’ve never had anything like either of these recipes. You make me want to try new foods. They sound yummy! 🙂

  2. March 28, 2011 5:35 am

    That sounds really good! Especially the tart. I’ve never had butternut squash, but I love apples so I may have to try that one out.

    I really like your blog and so I would like to take this opportunity to award you with the Versatile Blogger Award. You may have already been awarded with this before, I really don’t know because I didn’t get a list of who has or has not when I was given this award just last week. If so, you’re getting it anyway for the great blog you have! I put you on a list in my post this week and you can get all the info there. 🙂

    I’m so glad I discovered your blog and thanks for visiting mine and commenting!

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 28, 2011 9:02 am

      Wow, thank you so much! I’ll check out your blog for all the information.

  3. March 28, 2011 8:58 am

    My B and I are convinced that you could put goat cheese on a piece of cardboard, and we would love it! You know I love Ina too, and I’m not sure if I have ever made her goat cheese tart?!?!? How could this be? I need to immediately fix this situation.

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 28, 2011 9:01 am

      Yes, you do! I won’t tell Ina. And I’m with you two that goat cheese makes everything better.

  4. March 28, 2011 10:38 am

    Always looking for new recipes, and these look delicious! I have made squash and apple soup, but your’s looks easier; and the goat cheese tart looks fabulous! We love quiche, so I will definitely need to try it. Thanks so much for such a useful (and delicious) post!

  5. March 28, 2011 5:41 pm

    I should NOT have read this right before dinner. I want to come to your place. YUM! Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. March 29, 2011 8:27 am

    It is only 10:25 a.m. here, but my stomach is already growling because of your pictures. Thanks a lot! ; ) Your recipes are wonderful, and I LOVE butternut squash!

  7. March 29, 2011 2:06 pm

    Ditto the above! Ina is on,but I’d rather study this post! Will try and make this delicious combo!

  8. April 2, 2011 12:22 am

    yay! i’ve been waiting for this! 😉 will make soon! thanks for sharing!

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