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Fall Bounty!

It’s Time for Crisp Fruit and Baking Squashes!

As you’ve browsed and bought from Hillside’s, E. Fudd’s, Althouse Farm’s and Fruitwood Farm’s produce stands, you’ve seen apples and squashes begin showing up next to end-of-season plums and peaches, and, now that it’s October, it really feels like their time! Come out to Thursday’s Market and check out the apples, apple cider, pears, Asian pears, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and so much more! Apple pies, pear pies, applesauce, stuffed squash, or how about…

Butternut Vegetable Soup

butternut vegetable soup 10.2.13A lot of squash soup recipes are totally puréed. This one is a mix. Says Kathy from allrecipes.com, this “thick, creamy butternut and bean soup is loaded with colorful, tasty vegetables—potatoes, onion, carrots, and kale.”
Photo by rpariser.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 12 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 red potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale leaves
  • 1 (16 ounce) can great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 10

DIRECTIONS
Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the carrots and butternut squash; cook and stir until squash begins to brown, about 15 minutes.

Pour in the broth. Stir in the red potatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in the kale and great Northern beans, and simmer until the kale is tender, about 10 minutes.

Pour about 3 cups of the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full (you may have to do this in two batches). Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Return the pureed portion of the soup to the soup pot, leaving the remaining soup chunky. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and partially purée the soup right in the cooking pot.

Enjoy!

 

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