Smoked Cheddar Butternut Squash Soup

Cheddar Apple Butternut Squash Soup

A creamy butternut squash and smoky cheddar cheese soup that’s been kissed by the natural sweetness of apples. The trio form a perfect balance of savory, salty, smoky and sweet.

Are you thinking this is the perfect fall soup? It totally is. One that can hold it’s own right through winter. Plus it’s a cinch to make starting with sauteing onion and garlic then simmering it all together with the squash in chicken broth.

Once the squash is tender you puree it with apples until smooth and velvety, mix in the smoked cheddar and, if you like, depending on your mood, to give it a touch of richness, a little half & half. Totally optional.

This is for the 12 Weeks of Winter Squash hosted by Joanne of Eats Well With Others and Heather of Girlichef. If you made a recipe using squash this week feel free to link up below.

Cheddar Butternut Squash Soup

Smoked Cheddar Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Smoked Cheddar Butternut Squash Soup

A creamy butternut squash and smoky cheddar cheese soup that's been kissed by the natural sweetness of apples. The trio form a perfect balance of savory, salty, smoky and sweet.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
6 cups cubed squash (from about a 2 pound squash)
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 apples, diced (I used Gala)
1 heaping cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese, plus more for serving
1/3 cup half & half or heavy cream, optional
chopped chives or green onion, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, a few pinches of salt and pepper and cook 6 - 7 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add the butternut squash and broth. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook 25 - 30 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Stir in the apples. Puree the soup with a stick blender or in batches in the blender holding the top down with a kitchen towel so it won't blow off from the steam.
  4. Return the soup to the saucepan over low heat and stir in the cheese and half & half. Bring back up to heat.
  5. Serve garnished with a sprinkling of cheese and chives.

Notes:

Adapted from Food and Wine

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/smoked-cheddar-butternut-squash-soup/

Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Slow Cooker Meatballs

I’m blogging for a good cause today! It’s World Diabetes Awareness Day so I made you a diabetic-friendly meal! It’s low-carb and also gluten free.

Tender, flavorful meatballs are slow-cooked in tomato sauce and served with roasted spaghetti squash. I replaced the bread crumbs in the meatballs with Parmesan cheese and swapped out the high-carb spaghetti for spaghetti squash. A one-cup serving of spaghetti has about 43 grams of carbs while 1 cup of spaghetti squash has only 10. Win-win.

If you never had spaghetti squash before then you’re in for a treat. Uncooked it looks like any other winter squash but once cooked a magical transformation takes place. Pull a fork through it and you will suddenly find yourself with a pile of stringy noodles. Nature’s answer to spaghetti.

You can also mix the spaghetti squash with real spaghetti – do a mix of half and half to cut down on the carbs.

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Tender, flavorful meatballs are slow-cooked in tomato sauce and served with roasted spaghetti squash.

Ingredients:

Sauce:
2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 can (3 ounces) tomato paste
2 cans (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more), optional
pinch of sugar
Meatballs:
1 + 1/2 pounds ground beef/pork/veal mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
3 tablespoons yellow onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
for serving:
2 medium spaghetti squash

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onion, pepper and garlic. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook about 10 minutes until soft and tender, stirring often.
  2. Mix the tomato paste into the onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add it to the crock-pot with the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, a pinch of sugar plus 1 teaspoon salt and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl using a fork or your hands combine the ground meat, eggs, Parmesan, onion, garlic, parsley and a dash of salt and pepper together. Scoop up 2 tablespoons of the meat and pack it into a ball. Repeat until all the meat is used. Carefully drop them into the crock-pot.
  4. Cook on high 4 - 5 hours or low 6 - 8 hours. Taste and season the sauce as needed during the last hour.
  5. Meanwhile roast the spaghetti squash (you can roast it whole!) until tender on 400 degrees F about 45 minutes depending on their size. Let them cool off until you can handle them comfortably. Cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a grapefruit spoon. Pull a fork through the squash to make the noodles.
  6. If your spaghetti squash seems especially watery you can drain it for a few minutes in a colander.
  7. Mix the spaghetti squash with enough sauce to generously coat and sere with the meatballs and Parmesan cheese.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/slow-cooker-meatballs-with-spaghetti-squash/

You can learn more about diabetes over at my friend Swathi’s blog Zesty South Indian Kitchen, who asked me to join her today in bringing Diabetes Awareness Through Food. You can also visit the American Diabetes Association.

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Southwestern Roasted Butternut Squash

Southwestern Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash cubes coated in southwestern-inspired spices like chile powder, cumin, paprika and red pepper flakes. The spicy kick is delicious with the natural sweetness of the squash and roasting them turns them into little flavor explosions. Utterly addicting flavor explosions.

If this recipe looks familiar it’s because I copied it from my southwestern roasted potatoes. I couldn’t help myself. I loved them so much I wanted to recreate them again with my favorite winter squash.

An uncooked, butternut squash is one of the hardest things to peel and cut. I have an easy fix for that. Did you know you can roast the squash whole? Well, I’m here to tell you it’s possible. For this recipe I don’t roast it until it’s fully cooked – about 25 minutes will soften the skin making it easy to peel. The flesh will still be firm but tender enough to cut into cubes without having a knock-out, drag-out fight with it.

Southwestern Butternut Squash

The cubes are tossed in olive oil then coated with the spices and seasoned with salt and pepper. Since they’re already halfway cooked they don’t take long at all – check them often by piercing them with a fork – you don’t want them to overcook because they will turn into mush.

This kicks off the “12 weeks of Winter Squash”! I’ll be sharing at least one squash recipe a week with you for the next three months. Hope you’re a squash lover like me. . . If not maybe by the end I can turn you into one. Thanks to Joanne of Eats Well With Others and Heather of Girlichef for putting this cool group together!

Roasted Butternut Squash

Southwestern Roasted Butternut Squash

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings

Southwestern Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash cubes coated in southwestern-inspired spices like chile powder, cumin, paprika and red pepper flakes. The spicy kick is delicious with the natural sweetness of the squash and roasting them turns them into little flavor explosions.

Ingredients:

1 (approximately 2 - 3 pound) butternut squash (5 - 6 cups cubed)
2 - 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
coarse salt and fresh black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash the squash and lay the entire thing down - no need to cut it - on a baking sheet or metal roasting pan. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool until you can easily handle it without being burned.
  2. Cut the squash in half, peel it and scoop out the seeds. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. Grease a large cookie sheet (not the thick aluminum type) with 1 - 2 tablespoons oil. Lay the squash out on the cookie sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Massage the oil gently into the squash with your hands.
  4. In a small bowl mix together the chile powder, paprika, cumin and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle over the squash and massage into the squash with your hands. Spread them out in one layer. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast 25 - 35 minutes until fork tender - don't overcook or they will get mushy.

Notes:

Adapted from Southwestern Roasted Potatoes

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/southwestern-roasted-butternut-squash/

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