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!)

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


  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!
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!


  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!

  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.

  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...