The seasons are changing and we are entering my favorite time of year when it comes to my wardrobe. I love fall because I can wear the same outfit the entire day without sweating. Also it typically rains less than the spring, so I’m all for it.
If you follow Chipkey Creations on Instagram you might know about this already but I wanted to share it again. Last week, I posted a poll on my story asking if you ever made a soup before. I know it kind of sounds like a weird drug thing, but I was being completely serious.
I was talking to a co-worker at my day job (I would probably get carpal tunnel if I did Chipkey full time) and told him I can’t wait to go home and make soup for dinner. He told me that he has never made a soup before. This surprised me, and I texted a close friend of mine, telling her I thought it was weird that an adult never made soup before. This is when it was revealed to me that my friend, my ex-roommate of two and half years, has also never made soup before.
Guys. I was shook! At that point I did what any reasonable person would do and made an Instagram poll asking about soup.
The first hour of the poll being up the ‘No’s’ were taking a huge lead. At the end of the poll it was about 75% Yes to making soup and 25% No. I was talking to some other not-soup-making friends and they think that my number of yes’s are that high compared to the average twenty something because I have more friends that are not millennials, or are more creative and would be naturally inclined to cook.
I don’t think I agree. I’m still very surprised, but really thought more people cooked. Especially soups since they can be made really easily. They are almost vegetable pasta that you don’t need to drain.
My parents both worked in the food service industry and were cooks in some fancy restaurants when they were young. So they do think that good food is important and definitely raised me with that type of mentality. I was helping with cooking meals from a point when I was tall enough to reach the counter and coordinated enough to not stab myself (or others) with a knife.
I really like making soups, especially in the fall and now that I live alone. Soup is so fitting for the season and is a meal that you have to make more than one serving of. I freeze the extra and I have lazy meals ready for when I need them.
I had a bunch of people reach out to me on Instagram during the poll and I loved hearing about people talking about soup. A few people were talking about helping their mom as a kid and some of their favorite types. It was amazing to hear.
I wanted to share a quick recipe that I like to make this time of year: Butternut Squash Soup. I didn’t take any photos of my making and I apologize but I also know that people only read the recipe part of a food blog so I should just get to that point.
Butternut Squash Soup
1 Butternut Squash (if you are short of time, you can buy precut butternut), cut in 1” cubes
1 Medium (or 2 Small) Yellow Onions, diced
1 Medium Size Potato, cut in 1” cubes
2-3 Medium Size Carrots, roughly chopped
3-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Apple (Honeycrisp or Gala), roughly chopped
¼ Tsp of Cinnamon
¼ Tsp of Salt
¼ tsp of Pepper (if you have white pepper use that since it makes presentation nicer)
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
4 cups of vegetable broth ( 1 Box worth)
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and sauté 3-4 minutes, until it starts to become translucent. Add in the garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes.
Add Butternut Squash, potato, carrots, and apple to the pot and stir continuously for a minute or two, until it begins to smell fragrant.
Add the vegetable broth, ensure the veggies are covered in liquid. You can add 1 cup - 1.5 cups of water if you prefer your soup to be more viscous.
Add the cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mix and bring to a boil.
Once your mixture is boiling, reduce your temperature to medium-low and allow to simmer for about 15 mins, stirring occasionally.
Using a fork stab a couple of pieces of potatoes or butternut squash. If it is easy to go through and it doesn’t feel crispy your veggies are cooked.
Turn off and remove from heat. If you have a blender stick (immersion blender) use it. On a low level blend the mixture to be smooth. Be careful not to create too much splash or you might burn yourself. If you don’t have an immersion blender, ladle the soup into a blender and make sure you are putting some of the liquid into it and not just veggies. You might need to do this in batches, but I recommended mixing the batches back together after you’re done since some batches will be runnier than others and it will allow everything to be more consistent tasting.
Serve! If you have sour cream or cooking cream you can add a small amount as a garnish, and it will give the soup a creamier taste.
Do you make soup? Or it's not your jam. I would love to hear from you. Also, do you have any fun plans for this fall?