I haven’t really been cooking anything NEW recently. I’ve been cooking a lot but really just the same ol’, same ol’. Like cauliflower purée for a party, or beef stew for dinner, or baked chicken with roasted veggies. Great food…just nothing new.
And then my amazing friend Wes gave me an instant pot. And I’m experimenting. Tonight I made butternut squash soup.
It’s been raining for days and more than half of our house is sick…what is better than a rich, satisfying, warm soup?
- 2 lbs peeled and cubes butternut squash
- 2 gala apples cubed (peel on)
- 1 medium onion
- 2″ of fresh ginger
- 2 tsps of nutmeg
- Zest and juice of one lemon
- 1 sprig of sage
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cups of chicken stock
- A few strips of thick cut back cut into one inch pieces or lardons if available
- Handful of spinach per person
I sautéed in olive oil the onions with the sage, salt and pepper, and half of the ginger. When soft I added in the butternut squash and the apples, the nutmeg and the rest of the ginger and let that cook for a bit to brown. I then added the stock and mixed it all up before pressure cooking the soup for 10 minutes. Once releasing the steam, I put in the lemon zest and juice and puréed the mixture with my immersion blender. It tastes outstanding. But to make it more of a meal, I cooked some bacon to put on top after pouring the soup over the spinach. Majorly delish and so quick with the instant pot.