Super Simple Squash Soup

One proven way to get your children to eat more veggies is to have them grow, shop for and help prepare vegetables for meals.  This easy recipe will give them a chance to try some squash in a delicious and easy to eat way: soup.  This recipe calls for one 3lb butternut squash to be peeled, seeded and cut into chunks.  A visit to most grocery stores will eliminate this step. Cubed squash is available in the produce section ready to use.

Use either leeks or an onion that you dice.  Soften the onion in a pot with a T of olive oil.  Add the prepared squash, 3 C milk, 3 C water, and salt and pepper to taste. 

squash soup 2Bring to a boil and let simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the squash is soft enough to mash with a fork.

Using a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until it is smooth.  It may be thick.  You can thin it with milk or water to your liking.  Add salt and pepper if needed and sprinkle with nutmeg.  To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with diced apple and a few chopped walnuts if desired.  It is also fine just the way it is.  This soup tastes best hot and can be stored in the fridge for a few days.  It also freezes well.  Make a big batch and save some for another day.                                                                        squash soup 1

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