Nothin' beats warm soup and homemade bread on a cold, blustery day. We're talking comfort food, baby! I'm finding out that soup is pretty
souper super -- it's healthy, low-point eating, and better yet -- great for a tight budget. So, we're trying to incorporate soups into our menu planning a little more these days.
Here's a little autumn soup we tried not too long ago. Loved the flavor of the roasted butternut! Perfect for the season. Give it a try and tell me what you think...
2 points per serving
1 medium butternut squash (about 3 lbs.), peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 large onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
2 Tablespoons minced fresh sage, or 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
3 cans (14.5 oz. each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
Place squash in a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon oil; sprinkle with pepper. Toss around to coat. Bake uncovered, at 425° F for 30-35 minutes or until tender, stirring it every 15 minutes.
In a Dutch oven pan, saute the onion, the celery and the sage in the remaining oil until tender. Stir in broth and reserved squash. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Cool slightly.
In a blender, puree the soup in batches until smooth. Return to the pan; heat through if needed. Serves 8.
This recipe comes with Parmesan croutons to go with it. We chose not to make the croutons when we served it, but here's the recipe in case you do! Adding the croutons makes the soup a 3 point dish.
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced fresh sage or 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups French bread (1/2 inch cubes)
additional grated Parmesan cheese, optional
In a small bowl, combine the cheese, oil, sage and garlic. Add bread cubes and spritz with cooking spray; toss to coat. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° F for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Serve with soup and sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese if desired.
recipe credit: Healthy Cooking magazine, October/November 2009, p.40