Thursday, November 11, 2010

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Veggie Soup With Garlic, Cilantro, and Basil

First of all, thank you for your kind comments on my last post. I’m doing better, and I reminded myself that what matters most is not what happens to us but how we react to it. A positive attitude truly goes a long way, and reading the Attitude Poem always helps me. And soup is also helpful…

I made several pots of butternut squash soup earlier this year. So when I bought a butternut squash, I looked on my recipes page to refresh my memory of how I made it.

I never really follow a recipe, but it’s nice to have something to go by. Unfortunately, the butternut squash recipe is not on there. And a search of my blog also didn’t turn up any results. So I guess, I never posted about it… I’ll try to be more consistent when it comes to posting recipes that I haven’t posted about yet as it’s really convenient to be able to look them up.

Since I didn’t have a recipe to guide me, I decided to roast the squash first and then sauté it with some veggies I had. Because I didn’t have any fresh herbs (which I prefer), I used some frozen garlic, basil, and cilantro cubes (which are really convenient and are a great way to add flavor when you don’t have fresh herbs). To roast the squash, I followed the instructions on the sticker, but I increased the roasting time by about 10 minutes.

Roasted Butternut Squash Veggie Soup 

  • 1 butternut squash
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • Basil (I used two frozen cubes)
  • Garlic (I used three frozen cubes)
  • Cilantro (I used two frozen cubes)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What To Do
  1. Cut squash in half , take out the seeds, and put it into a baking dish with 1/4 inch of water.
  2. Roast the squash at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes.
  3. Scoop the squash out of its skin and set it aside.
  4. Sautee the onions, celery, and carrots in some olive oil and then add the roasted squash. Sautee for a few minutes.
  5. Add the vegetable stock and the herbs to the pot and cook the soup for about 30 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Puree the soup with an immersion blender.

The soup was very flavorful, and we all enjoyed it.

The toddler and I had the day off today. We started it by going to Trader Joe’s to do some shopping. The toddler spotted some gingerbread men cookies. I doubted he would eat them, but I bought them anyway. They were just too cute to pass up, and I thought we could always use them as decoration… It turns out that he loves them! I got a tiny piece of the leg; the cookie is crispy and quite gingery. He ate the cookie on our morning hike. He only walked half the way and enjoyed his gingerbread man while I was pushing him in his stroller the other half of the hike (which I really enjoyed as I know that I can count the days that he’ll agree to ride in a stroller…).

Questions: How do you keep track of your recipes? Does your system work for you? I try to update my recipe page frequently. I also try to post about recipes (but I obviously don’t always do it). I also have a word document on my computer called “recipes” which is color coded (appetizers, soups, etc.). The document mainly contains recipes I find on other blogs and is getting really, really long. I think it’s time to break it up into different files… Finally, I have a really old box with index cards (that’s how I collected recipes when I first started cooking about 20 years ago. It’s a mess, but going through the recipes brings back so many memories…). Finally, I often just make up a “recipe” as I cook. It’s fun, but I begin to realize that I should write down more… Do you like gingerbread cookies? When was the last time you had one?

Be well,


  1. Aww, I love gingerbread men!! I hated them as a young child though, so like you said, I'm surprised the toddler enjoyed them!

    The soup sounds great. Butternut squash makes the best soup, I'm convinced. My butternut squash soup recipe has been made by me three times now. I can't stop!

    I have a folder for my most popular recipes, and other than that I try to post them on my blog for my own reference. I use my blog recipes a lot when I want to make something.

  2. That soups looks really good! First place I go is my blog to look up a recipe. A few weeks ago, I organized my recipe binder which literally took an entire day! I also have a ton of recipes in an email folder. I should probably try to streamline things.

  3. That cookie too cute! I use a website called "Spring Pad" to organize my recipes. It isn't perfect, but it works pretty well.

  4. What a beautiful bowl of soup & a tasty looking cookie too.

    I keep track of my recipes by blogging them.

  5. I think your soup looks so good. I need to make some butternut squash soup soon, but I can't find any butternut squash here right now.

  6. I love soups like this and I had never considered seasoning with cilantro. It sounds like a good variation!

  7. Love the soup - I will have to look for the frozen herbs - never seen that before!

    I am the worst about updating my recipe page on my blog - I have the whole week of Thanksgiving off and plan on fixing it then.

    I do put all my recipes into caloriecount though - you can build a recipe and it gives you the nutritional information for the amount of servings.

    Love, love gingerbread cookies - but I probably haven't had one in 10 years!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. My roommate was just asking me for help the other day on how to make butternut squash soup. I told her to go with a curry apple styled creamy soup. The basil, cilantro, and garlic sound great though!

  9. The best way to keep track of my recipes is in a notebook or a binder. I know it's not fancy.

    The soup looks really good. I love butternut squash. I have a hard time peeling it though. What do you use?

  10. Great soup, love roasted squash
    I love making gingerbread but rarely eat it, and since I'm blogging just for few months I don't have so many recipes not to be able to count them

  11. Aww, how cute is the toddler with that gingerbread man?? You have a beautiful child, I just have to say that :)

    I try to be good about posting the recipes that I want to keep so that I can just search for them when I want them - but I'm not so good about that. We have a ton of recipe books, but I tend to use online recipes that I've bookmarked instead. I'll have a good system someday ... when I have more time ... ;)

  12. TOO cute!! Yep, enjoy those stroller days :) The soup looks amazing! Squash soups are so creamy and rich without doing much to them!

    Recipe, hm. I have a recipes tab which is helpful. I update it once a month usually. I just went 2 months before updating it just yesterday and it took FOREVER. For recipes I want to try, I either bookmark them (and then forget to go and delete the bookmark after making them so I literally have 100+ bookmarks which is not convenient!) or I email recipes to myself and put them in a "recipes" folder and star the recipes I'm going to make that week so that I can make my grocery list. I hope that helps! It's kind of a mess, but it works for me!

  13. So many yummy b-nut squash soup recipes floating around. They all look SO good! I'll usually post a "worthy" recipe on the blog, but mostly I wing what I cook. I do have a folder on my laptop with recipes I've saved from other sites as well as a few of my own. I also have a binder where I keep recipes that I've torn out of magazines....

  14. @Jodie: When I roast a butternut squash, I don’t peel it first but simply scoop it out of its skin once it’s roasted (that’s really the easiest way!). Otherwise, I try to use a peeler, but it can be tough. If it’s a really tough one, I cut it up and then peel it with a knife.

  15. Andrea, the soup looks delicious and "the toddler" is adorable.

    I keep recipes online. Since we own an IT company, we created a database for me, which is like having my own recipe site. It's separated into categories like any cookbook and even has options for me to leave ratings so I don't have to remember what I thought of it, a option to upload a photo, notes on things I'd want to do differently and finally a search feature. It's pretty cool.