The whole world seems to have burst into color overnight! Deep oranges, fiery reds, & flashes of yellow fill the earth with each gust of fresh air. Though the weather is turning cool, Fall warms my soul & grounds my heart. It is a deeply nourishing preparation for the winter to come.
Much like the emotional fulfillment of this season, the food is also warm & hearty, uplifting & reminiscent, colorful & rich. Some of my all-time favorite foods blow in with the Autumn breeze. Root vegetables and winter squashes are definitely among them!
This hearty and bright Winter Squash Soup is made extra-easy with the use of a crock pot & adds a depth of flavor with warm spices that will leave you satisfied. Pair it with some sour cream or top with crumbled goat cheese and a hunk of rustic bread. I made Whole Wheat Bread Bowls to serve it in (dinner roll sized ones for the kids) which went over great for my family! It makes enough for a special occasion, holiday meal, or when entertaining company. Include a toppings bar (chives, croutons, roasted vegetable chunks, etc) for added personalization.
If you’d like a more subtle spice flavor in your soup, cut the pepper, paprika, & cumin in half – just remember that the sour cream and/or goat cheese will balance out the initial warmth really well!
This recipe was inspired by Cooking Light.
* Cook’s Tip: one of the handiest items in my kitchen is my Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Immersion Blender – which makes blending soups like this one a breeze … and with little extra clean up!!! Instead of scooping hot batches of veggies into my blender & then dumping the piping-hot puree into another bowl so I can start on the next batch, I just use my SmartStick to blend it all right in the pot I cooked it in!! If you don’t own an immersion blender, I highly recommend this one!! It comes with several attachments that make creating salsa, chopping nuts, whipping cream, and so much more easier than ever! I really cannot use enough exclamation points when talking about this piece of kitchen-magic!!!! 🙂 … and nope, this is NOT a paid endorsement. I really just love this product!