3 cups chicken broth or stock, separated in 2 cups & 1 cup (see Chicken Stock Recipe)
1 Tab butter
1 tab safflower oil
1/2 onion, chopped (see how to chop an onion)
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 apple, chopped
1 piece ginger (about 1″ x 1″)
3 cups butternut squash, (see how to peel and cut butternut squash)
1 bay leaf
2 tsps cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt to Taste, about 2 tsps
Make sure you have the necessary tools, like chef’s knife (very sharp, please), paring knife, large metal spoon, and vegetable peeler. This site has one of the best step-by-step instructions I’ve ever seen.
Once you get that chore done, the rest is straightforward.
Get the butter and safflower oil melting in a large, heavy dutch oven. Chop the onion, celery, and apple, and saute them for about 5 minutes while you work on the ginger. Add the ginger and the 3 cups of peeled and diced butternut squash. The add the two cups of chicken stock.
Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes — use a kitchen timer, please!
Now you have two choices, to finish the soup quickly on the stove, which will require fairly constant attention, or to finish it in the oven, which will not.
If you do it on the stove, plan to stir at least every five minutes. It will be ready to puree in your blender or food processor in about 1/2 hour.
If you do it in the oven (350), you can get away with stirring every 30 minutes. It should be done in about 90 minutes.
The soup is ready to be pureed when the butternut squash and apple pieces are soft and tender, but not too mushy.
The next step is not difficult, it’s more messy. First, add the last 1 cup of stock and stir well. Then transfer the soup in stages to a blender or food processor and puree into a smooth creamy consistency. (I have a 10 cups food processor, it takes me two stages.)
Put the purred soup into another pot with the 1/2 cup of heavy cream (I know, you’re thinking fattening, but this makes about 10 cups of soup, you’re only getting a tablespoon or so of cream) and heat it through. NOW you can salt to taste.
This recipe’s skill level is +1 or +2, depending on your ability to chop vegetables, and follow basic cooking instruction.