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My favorite winter soup.
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Cut the tip off of the head of garlic, exposing the tops of the cloves inside. Place it on a small sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Fold foil around garlic to form a tight package.
Cut the butternut squash in half. Scoop out the seeds. Place the halves on a baking sheet. Place garlic package on the baking sheet as well.
Roast at 425 F for 25 minutes then remove the garlic and allow it to cool. Continue to roast the butternut squash for an additional 20 to 30 minutes (45 to 55 minutes total) or until flesh is soft and easy to scoop out.
When done, remove the pan from the oven and scoop out the squash flesh (should be about 5 cups) and put the flesh into the bowl of your food processor. Puree it using the food processor until smooth. Set it aside.
In a large pot or Dutch oven, add the shallots and 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Caramelize the shallots over medium heat, stirring occasional, for about 10 minutes or until a dark golden brown. Don’t cook over high heat or the shallots will burn.
After 10 minutes add the chicken broth, water, butternut puree, salt, pepper and cayenne. Squeeze the soft garlic head until the cloves push out of the skin (should be soft and mushy) and add cloves to the soup. Stir it well to break up the garlic. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and to maintain a simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, add cream and stir everything together.
Scoop into bowls and garnish with pomegranate and goat cheese.
I have been trying to make beer cheese soup successfully for years and I think it was the addition of butternut squash that sealed the deal. It not only helps with the flavor, but also the consistency. The recipe also calls for one of my favorite beers; Great Lakes Brewery’s Edmond Fitzgerald Porter. Add to that two types of cheddar and Gouda cheese and you’ve got a winner!
When the nip in the air becomes a definite chill then it’s time. It’s time for soup. There is no more comforting or sustaining a soup than Baked Potato Soup with Sausage and Roasted Peppers. When there is a fire crackling in the fireplace and this soup is on the table, all is well in our world regardless of what is going on outside.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!