Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Creamy, Spicy Yellow Squash Soup

I got an immersion blender and I am in love.

Aren't we adorable together? We are so in love.

I don't buy things for myself. I have major issues with money. Like I am scared of my debit card. But I felt like I deserved a little treat. So it was an immersion blender and I am in love. It works on soup really well. Way better than my blender. And it is great for smoothies. Now I am wondering why I should have a blender at all. This little baby does it all and isn't such a space hog.

You got a lot of yellow squash? We sure did, until I made this. Yellow squash isn't super flavorful, so I added a lot of flavor. Jalapenos, cumin and chile powder. Not too much heat. Just enough to leave a little zing in the back of your mouth.

There is nothing more ridiculous to feed a baby than soup. They just make a big mess and it leaks out of their mouth. But I got smart. I cut a big slit in the top of one of Van's bottles and poured in some cooled soup. Wah-lah! Van drinking soup for dinner.

4 Tbsp butter, divided
1 onion, diced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp cumin
4 cups chopped yellow squash
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup heavy cream
Small pats of butter, for serving

In a large pot over medium heat, add 2 Tbsp butter. Once melted, add the onions, jalapenos and salt. Saute until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic, chile powder and cumin. Cook for 2 more minutes. Add squash and cook until squash is heated through, about 5 minutes. Pour in stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes, or until squash is very soft. Blend in the blender in batches or use an immersion blender. Once smooth, stir in heavy cream and remaining 2 Tbsp butter. Serve with a small pat of butter.


Ingrid said...

Van is just one of THE CUTEST little guys around! I love how he had a bottle in each hand! :)

I'm jealous I want one. I know Joe wishes that I was scared of our deibt card. :(

Your soup sounds good. Soon it will only be in the 80's here. Perfect soup weather. NOT! Thank goodness for central A/C which means soup anytime.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

I've been toying with asking Santa for an immersion blender. You are a very good advocate for adding it to my list.

Soup in a bottle? Hilarious!

Anne said...

you're a genius!

meg said...

It's pretty gross to toss a gob of butter in your soup for serving.

Barbara Bakes said...

I love my immersion blender too! What a great invention! The soup looks great!

My crazy crazy life said...

A double fisted kind of boy! Seriously, that is the cutest thing EV-A!!! I love that babies love boys LOVE it too. I have to try this, it sounds really good.

beck said...

adam wants one of those things so bad. is it sad that i learn about all kitchen appliances from my husband?

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

You are sooooo young looking!!!!
I am totally jealous!!

kalinap13 said...

First off, how freaking funny is the section above the comment box!? Yes, I read it and yep I got a laugh!!
Second, could Van's eyes be any bluer? He is freaking adorable!!
Third, I miss your face!! You need to make a trip to Rancho so I can see you. Oh and you have to experience some of the people that have moved into the complex since you have left!!
Missing you!!

Ashley Thalman said...

Grouch...ha ha.

This post and recipe and just in time. I have like 50 thousand yellow squash sitting around, again.

rookie cookie said...

Megan, you are a butter bigot.

Kalyn said...

When I finally got an immersion blender, I couldn't imagine how i ever cooked without it! They are so useful.

The soup sounds wonderful.

Ryan and Tammy said...

That is beautiful. I have mine coming in the mail. Thank heavens for gift cards. I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets over the top excited for those things.

Kalli Ko said...

Not being afraid of my debit card caused it so that I am NOW afraid of my debit card. So is the circle of life...

I'm having problems feeding my child. I need your help since yours do not seem to share the same food aversions as mine.

Jones Family said...

You are a genius! Soup... in a baby bottle. Virtually no clean up necessary and you can enjoy your OWN soup while they enjoy theirs!

Congratulations on the new addition to your family... After your burning episode with soup in a blender, you deserve an immersion blender. Much safer...

Tricia said... the pictures! a self-portrait of you and the blender....hilarious!!! and soup in a baby bottle...that ought to be submitted to Good Housekeeping or Parents could make 50 bucks for that kind of tip....seriously!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Yes, please!

And don't be hatin' on the buttah. Julia would approve, no? Yes. And she would have added a bit more cream, too. :)


[Morgan] said...

okay, so i saw the picture before reading the title and i was like, waaaaait a second... what is that thing?
you stinking genius. soup in a bottle. i love it.

Jen F. said...

First of all, that soup in a bottle concept is SO clever. I wish I had known that a year ago. And second, do you have a magic bullet? I love that handy dandy tool as much as my immersion blender.

cat+tadd said...

I feel spoiled with all the pictures in this post. Do this always.

And those first two pictures...blissful to gaze upon.

Anonymous said...

I am OBSESSED with the soup in a bottle idea! Genius! Now, if it would just cool down enough for me to be able to make some!

I just visited your blog for the first time and love it!

Robin said...

Well, I think that you should put a picture of yourself on your blog more often. I know you have that one pic at the top left, but honestly I thought that you were a lot older (like my age 41) You are SO adorable. I love your blog and your young beautiful face.
Keep up the good work. Your blog is the fresh air that I need while I am slaving away at work.

Mike and Jill said...

You are so cute! And I think I need an immersion blender...
And of course, Van is cute too!

hot garlic said...

Haha, you said you redid your comment section and boy howdy, did you ever! This is great, I like yours too so jinks.

I am loving this soup. I just got a request for this on my blog from a friend. However, she might not remember it's not fall here, it's spring. And I'm out of the kitchen and on the patio grilling, so I will refer her here post-haste.

So funny, I'm still laughing about what I just read above. So great.

Aggie said...

I LOVE my immersion blender! I make a tomato soup that seems "creamy" after I blend it butter or cream in it!

This soup sounds great! Bookmarked!

Lexi said...

How did you get those cool animated hearts on your post? So cool! I love squash soup. There is a Butternut Squash soup resipe that I have that is so tasty. I will have to try this one too!