Soup’s on!🍵

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Chef Joey

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Daughter Gigi

Butternut Squash Soup💖

Text, recipe and photos by Chef Joey

Soup! It’s what’s for dinner!

Soup is the least expensive and easiest meal to make. I had a CECELIA reader run into me – her name is Dottie. She raved about my vegan chili, posted here and published in CECELIA! So a big shout out to Dottie!!

I had some butternut squashes laying around that I bought in the fall from a local farm because they keep very well in my garage and said to myself … “Time to make soup!”

The secret to any good meal, I learned young from my Greek grandfather, is onions! It does not matter the batch size – just double the onions! For this particular soup, I went vegan for my daughter Gigi’s sake so she is used to flavors. I buy large bags of onions because they are easier to work with and less expensive. A 10-pound bag is $3 and one 20-pound bag is $5 … and you always need onions! In this soup, there are also 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and the squash. Water and curry powder round things out nicely – and a can of beer, if you have it.☺ It’s my new bouillon!

Ingredients:

Onions, 2 large – peeled

Garlic, 2 or 3 cloves – chopped

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TWO or THREE cloves of garlic for this recipe! pic: R.T.

2 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed

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1 can beer

3 tbsp oil

1 bouillon cube, veggie or chicken stock

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In a large pot, add the chopped onions and garlic. Toss around in the oil and cover.

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After 2 minutes, add 6 oz. of beer.

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If you don’t have any beer, add club soda and 1 more bouillon cube of your choice – veggie or chicken.

Now add 8 cups of water and simmer until the squash is soft (about 15 minutes).

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Add 1 tsp of curry powder, and then mash the squash like potatoes (You can use a mixer. Just don’t splash!)

Salt and pepper to taste – and there you have it! You can add a nice dollop of sour cream to your bowl of soup to enhance it!

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The onion base is good for any soup!

You can use potatoes, broccoli or whatever you want for veggies, if making a pureed soup.

Enjoy and stay warm!

Little known fact: The word “supper” is derived for “souper,” which means “soup dinner” in French. It’s what the peasants normally ate, while the aristocrats dined!.

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