Mary's Veggie Garden

December 30, 2011

Squash and Tomato Soup

Filed under: Gardening,Squash,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 10:45 pm

This is a great winter-time soup – especially following a summer when the garden was prolific with both winter squash and tomatoes.

Squash Tomato Soup. I forgot to add the parsley during cooking.

1 tbsp. butter or olive oil
1 cup chopped onion (1 large or 2 medium)
1 cup chopped green or red pepper
1 large sprig parsley
1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
2 cups tomatoes (1 pound  fresh/ 1 pint canned tomatoes)
4 cups cooked winter squash  (2 pounds)
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (use juices saved from cooking squash)
1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 cups milk

Melt butter or oil in a large (6 qt.) soup pot. Add onion, pepper, parsley, thyme and bay leaf. Cook until onion is translucent. Add tomatoes,  squash and broth. Cover and simmer 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

Find & remove the bay leaf. Puree soup in a blender. Stir in salt, pepper and milk. Serve.

Blender: I use an immersion (‘stick’)  blender because it eliminates the need to move the hot soup to a blender bowl. If you use an immersion blender, use an extra deep pot to prevent the soup from splashing all over the kitchen while blending.

The ratio of squash and tomatoes can be changed according to taste: more tomatoes move the taste closer to tomato soup, more squash makes a mellower soup.

Squash: I’ve used butternut, Tetsukabuto, and most often Rumbo squash because it yields enough squash for 2-3 batches of soup.

That’s the basic recipe. Usually I make it without the milk, and freeze part. Before reheating  I stir in the milk, then microwave.

Add chopped left-over cooked turkey or shelled edamame soy beans to add protein and make a complete lunch.

How I really make this soup: Starting one day in advance, I cook a Rumbo squash from the cellar. On soup day, I grab the onions and home canned tomatoes from my basement root cellar. The chopped peppers and parsley come from the freezer.

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