Winter’s bitter cold weather is beginning to make an obvious appearance. If you were previously in denial of its arrival the snow that made its way across many states and frigid temperatures are sure to have brought you back to reality. So, how do you avoid the impending wintertime blues and bring a little sunshine into your home during the cold weather? Why, by creating a delicious, heartwarming meal of course!
Soup is a staple for warming the soul. With squash available at most local supermarkets a hearty squash soup provides a sweet and savory meal to enjoy as you begin to settle in for the winter or head out on the road. This recipe is so easy, you can quickly prepare it in nearly any kitchen.
Savory Butternut Squash Soup
2-3 pounds peeled and seeded butternut squash
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion chopped
6 cups chicken stock
dash of nutmeg
freshly ground salt and pepper
In a large pot melt the butter and cook onion until it is translucent. Add the squash and chicken stock. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes or until the squash is tender. Once the squash is tender use an immersion blender to puree the squash. If you do not have an immersion blender use a slotted spoon to remove the squash chunks and place in a blender to puree. Add a dash of nutmeg, salt, and pepper to flavor and enjoy with easy artisan bread.
Easy Artisan Bread
This flavorful, yeasty artisan bread is a delicious compliment to any soup and can also be used for hearty sandwiches or french toast. Once you make this you’ll never go back to store bought bread, so you’ll want to have these ingredients on hand at all times.
3 cups lukewarm water – do not use hot water as it kills the yeast
1 ½ tablespoons granulated yeast
1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
6 ½ cups all purpose flour
Combine yeast and warm water in a container that can be covered and is large enough to allow the dough to rise. Mix the flour and salt and add to water, combining with a wooden spoon. There is no need to knead (no pun intended). Cover with a lid (not airtight) and allow it to rise for about 2 hours. It should rise and then appear to collapse. Once the dough has risen you can now use your dough to create your loaf! Pull off a grapefruit sized piece of dough and mold it. Place on a tray and allow to rest for 40 minutes. While the dough rests preheat the oven to 450, score your bread, pop it in, and bake until golden brown on top.