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Roasted Garlic & Butternut Soup
6 - 8 servings (My mother's recipe)
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- 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash - after baking there should be about 2 cups of mashed squash
- 1 lg Spanish onion - peeled and cut into 8 chunks
- 1 medium leek - washed & chopped, including best-looking top green leaves
- 1 teasp cumin
- 1 head of garlic - sliced across top to expose cloves
- 2 - 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 200 ml (about 3/4 cup) light cream or half & half
- olive oil
- fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste
- homemade garlic croutons (optional) & chopped flat leaf parsley
- Utensils needed: oven or toaster oven and roasting pan or tray, frying pan & lid, blender or food processor, large heavy saucepan with lid.
- Preheat oven or toaster oven to 300F
- Split, quarter and seed butternut squash, and arrange on roasting tray together with cut chunks of onion and head of garlic. Drizzle with a little olive oil and roast 1 hr or until all is golden and tender, including garlic.
- Clean and chop leek, including top green leaves. Sauté in a little oil for in frying pan 5 minutes.
- Then add 2 cups of chicken broth, turn down to simmer with lid on until tender - about 12 - 15 minutes.
- When butternut etc is cooked, scrape it from skin and place in food processor along with the onion, cumin, and some pepper.
- Squeeze the garlic cloves - which should be soft and buttery - from their skins and add to food processor.
- Add some of the rest of the chicken broth and process to a puré. Gradually add the leek and liquid from pan. Process until all is smooth, adding more of the chicken broth as needed.
- Place the mixture in the saucepan and gently heat. Add the rest of the broth as needed for the desired consistency.
- Add the cream, reserving 2 TBS for swirling as a garnish when served. Check the seasoning - adding salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve with a swirl of cream, chopped parsley and small homemade garlic-flavoured croutons.