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A sweet soup that warms while not overloading on the calories – a great post-Thanksgiving dish.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp. Place the squash skin side down in a casserole or baking dish, brush it with olive oil and season with sea salt. Fill the dish with 1/4” of water and bake the squash for 30 minutes, uncovered.
When the squash is finished remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Next melt the butter in a large stock pot and toss in the shallots, leeks, bay leaf, rosemary, sage, coriander and sea salt to taste. While the leeks and onions sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, cut the squash away from the skin; discard the skin and chop the flesh coarsely. Add the garlic to the stock pot and cook for another 30 seconds, or until garlic becomes fragrant. Next add the squash, ginger and apples to the pot. Season with a bit more sea salt and stir for another minute. Next add the vegetable stock and white wine and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the apples are tender.
After simmering, stir in the honey and ricotta and discard the bay leaf. In a blender, puree the soup in small batches, until the soup is smooth. (An immersion blender can also be used to blend, directly in the stock pot.) Spoon soup into bowls and garnish with mascarpone, crème fraiche or plain yogurt as well as toasted pecans and crispy sautéed pancetta.
Across from a row of rough board stands selling vegetables, fruits and local crafts is Number 59 Avenue de la Justice in the city of Kinshasa. A plain, white storefront with a small sign at the side of the front door: Alimentation la Baviere. Baviere is a little Portuguese-run grocery store. During the years of my weekly shopping trips there, the makings for this traditional Portuguese soup were always on the shelves.
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!