February 12, 2012

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup and a Playlist

I've been trying to figure out where to post this recipe, as I don't plan to post one here again (nor do I plan to post things to pin other than the occasional knitted item because that's as far as my pin-talent goes, methinks) but I made this delicious soup over the weekend and it was really too good not to share.

roasted acorn squash soup

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You know when you order soup at a nice restaurant and it's subtle but really interesting and you try to figure out what's in it? That's kind of what this is like. It's different and simple, nothing fancy or spicy or anything. And great with a nice hunk of bread (or even a few goldfish crackers on top.) I have made it a few times before from a recipe given to me by a friend, but this last weekend totally jazzed it up with some new twists and changes. Usually I don't keep track of how I make things, but this was one I didn't want to forget. Oh, and it's even better re-heated the next day, of course.

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup
makes about 6-8 bowls

3 medium acorn squash (looks like a big green nut)
2 whole shallots, finely chopped (find them by the garlic)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
30oz vegetable broth
1/3 Cup beer (optional) (I used Bell's Winter White Ale- delish!)
1 pint heavy cream
1 Cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 stick butter
1-2 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs sugar
1 teaspoon Thyme
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Halve and de-seed squash. Drizzle each half with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut-side down on baking sheet. Roast until tender and carmelized (about 20-30 mins.)

Cover with foil and set aside (this will help loosen the skin for easy removal in a bit.)

Chop garlic and shallots. Simmer shallots with butter in a medium-large pot. When they start to carmelize, add garlic. Now you can add the vegetable broth and squash- you can peel off skin and chop in cubes, or it should be tender enough to just scoop out in small spoonfulls (that's what I do.) Mash in pot with potato masher until smooth-ish. It's okay if there are a few un-mashed pieces unless you want it completely smooth. Simmer about 30 minutes (this will also help break down some of the squash pieces.)

Add heavy cream, beer (optional), thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg,  a dash of salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese, brown sugar and sugar. Simmer a few minutes and then serve. I promise it is so much easier than you probably imagine! Enjoy!

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Very un-Pinteresty of me... we did store bought Valentines this year and I think they actually took more time than DIY after all. That's a lot of tearing on perforated lines. 30 cards times 3 kids. Oy. ED: you can see me on video talking about it at Mommalogues, too.

Oh, one last thing, I tend to camp out in the kitchen all day when I'm on a cooking kick, and we don't have a TV in there or anything so I rely heavily on Pandora or my iTunes playlists. I made a new one (bear in mind that my computer crashed recently and I lost all my music that was added after it had been updated - which was a very long time before- and have yet to re-add most of my songs. Also lately I have been buying CDs like an old lady and not adding them to my iTunes. Anyway!) Songs in italics are some of my very favorite songs ever and ones you should totally look up, but hey I already linked to their youtube videos, so.

Kitchen mix (also go for a good drive mix)
Two- Ryan Adams
Daylight- Matt & Kim
Re: Stacks- Bon Iver
Welcome Home- Radical Face
The Funeral- Band of Horses
Forget About Me- Janove Otteson
Three Little Birds- Bob Marley
High Times- Landon Pigg
Early in the Morning- James Vincent McMorrow
Whole Wide World- Wreckless Eric
California- Joni Mitchell
Laughing With- Regina Spektor
Read My Mind- The Killers
Flume- Bon Iver
Blue- Jayhawks
If I Had a Boat- James Vincent McMorrow
Murder in the City- The Avett Brothers
Lucky- Radiohead
I Believe- Stevie Wonder
My Creole Belle- Mississippi John Hurt
Hey Ya- Obadiah Parker
Breeze- Apollo Sunshine
Transatlanticism- Death Cab for Cutie
Your Arms Around Me- Jens Lekman
All I Need Is You- Hillsong United
The Weary Kind- Ryan Bingham
Baker Baker- Tori Amos
Just Breathe- Pearl Jam
Bandits- Midlake
The Ballad of Love and Hate- The Avett Brothers


  1. We danced to All I Want Is You for our first dance at our wedding. So, I agree with you on that one. ;) Will be checking some of those others out.

  2. Oh! That soup sounds so delicious! Can't eat have any, cause no dairy for mama while still breast feeding lactose intolerant baby! Sigh...

  3. The soup sounds lovely, not sure the rest of my family would but more for me!

    I am going to listen to each of these songs...Sadly, I don't listen to much but contemporary christian music...not that it is bad but I could stand to venture out a bit.


  4. Oh! That list looks like so much fun! We will give them all a try!

  5. I love your list. Did I tell you that the saxophone-ist in Bon Iver is a family friend? Yup, Michael Lewis...he also plays in one of Ryan's brother's bands. Did you follow all that? These are the Degrees of Ryan King. :)

    I do the same thing with the kitchen and the music. And also, you put all those linkies in there and that's hard work. kind of like ripping all the perforations. Kudos.

  6. That soup sounds divine. I've had a recipe for squash soup that I've used for a few years now, but yours sounds better.

  7. Thanks for sharing! I love new recipes and playlists. Just recently, I found I like to listen to audiobooks in the kitchen - that is - when I can turn them up loud enough to drown out the screaming kids.

  8. Thanks for the playlist! I spend a lot of time thinking about my perfect playlist and love seeing what other people are listening to. I listen to The Avett Brothers a lot more after your blog about seeing them live. I'm going to check out these songs on Spotify now!

  9. The soup sounds divine (thank you of the recipe!) and the music sounds like a perfect fit!

    (Also? Yes, store bought nowhere near as efficient as a (simple) DIY, for sure!

  10. did you make this playlist just for me? (i'm totally serious.)

  11. After reading this playlist, I hope we are friends on Spotify. You would love my A Cup of Coffee & a Song playlist. I think we are playlist twins :)

    Love these pictures and that soup sounds delicious!!


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