Archive for January, 2013

Squash & Carrot Soup

This velvety-smooth soup was inspired by a trip to Bellefonte PA’s Gamble Mill Inn.  I tried to recreate their delicious special and think I came darn close!

1 Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed (or one 16 ounce cleaned and cut)

5 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2″ pieces

4 tbsp tbsp olive oil, divided (or 2 tbsp Wegman’s basting oil and 2 tbsp olive oil)

2 shallots, minced

1/4 cup white wine

1 tsp dried sage

1 tsp coarse salt

1/2 tsp coarse ground pepper

5 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup soy or almond milk

Toss squash and carrots in basting oil or 2 tbsp olive oil and roast in shallow pan for 40 minutes (until soft and starting to carmelize) at 350 degrees.

In large soup pot, saute shallots over medium heat in 2 tbsp olive oil until just soft.  Add sage, squash, and carrots and mix until coated with oil.  Add wine and mix until alcohol begins to cook off, 2-3 minutes.  Add salt, pepper, and broth.  Let simmer to merge flavors, about 20 minutes.  With an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth.  Stir in soy or almond milk.  Add extra broth to achieve desired thick or thinness. Add extra salt and pepper to taste. (I like extra pepper.)