Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Food: Sweet and Savory


Because it's Fall, and because I love to cook (who would have thought there'd be a day), I'm going to sporadically share some of my favorite recipes with y'all. Here's the first, a Pear-Butternut Squash Soup, which came out a little sweet, a little savory. The yogurt and nutmeg give it that perfect creamy sweet sensation of fall. (Which, might I add, is super because despite it being fall, it snowed here in Denver today, so it's nice to have a little bit of autumn in my bowl!)

Ingredients
2 firm pears (I used a Bosc and Green Anjou), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small butternut squash, peeled, gutted, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Yogurt and nutmeg for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Put pears and butternut squash into a roasting dish and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes until the squash becomes slightly soft and starts to brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in a good-sized saucepan, heat olive oil on medium heat and cook the onions until slightly translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Throw on some salt and pepper, and then add the broth and pear-squash mix. 
  3. Simmer the goodness for about 15 minutes, then blend with an immersion blender.
  4. Top with some plain yogurt (I used Green Valley's Plain Lactose-Free Yogurt) and swirl for looks, then sprinkle on some nutmeg and devour!
Pairings
Since I'm gluten-free, the only thing I can really imagine pairing with this is a good Hard Cider, like Woodchuck, which is both kosher and naturally gluten free!

Recipe adapted from Clean Eating's newest magazine issue!

5 comments:

  1. Um, this post is making me crave that soup and a hard cider, like NOW. At 10:30 AM. Have you ever tried any of the barrel-aged ciders? Can you drink something that was aged in a bourbon barrel, or is that too much cross-contamination with a wheat product residue? Either way, bourbon barrel or plain oak barrel-aged=amazing!

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  2. Sounds yummy. I wish someone besides me would eat it. I hate cooking for myself, even though I know I'd eat a lot healthier if I did so.

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  3. So I made this for shabbat. the flavor was so great but the texture was off. a little too grainy from the pears. did you have this issue or was it just me/the pears i chose. Let me know your thoughts. was thinking of replacing 1 pear with an apple next time...

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