Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque

Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque

Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque
Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque

Is it starting to get cooler in your part of the world? It is getting pretty pleasant in here these days. Dawn and Dusk are beautiful, crisp and cool. The days are “just” perfectly warmed. I feel like locking this time of the year for ever. Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque adds to the cozy time of the year. Spoonful bisque warms up the heart and body.

Are you wondering, what is a Bisque?

Bisque is a smooth, creamy and highly seasoned soup of French Origin. Mostly, it is referred to the creamy soups made with the catch of the ocean like lobster, crab, shrimp etc. These days, creamy soup of pureed fruits and/ or vegetables is also referred as Bisque. To learn more about Bisque, Click here !

Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque
Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque

Is this picture warming you up? Colorful, right? Fall or Autumn as you want to call it, is like this picture here. Warm, Colorful, bright, balmy and tepid – all in one. It’s like you live all the weathers in one go from morning till night.

Fall is my favorite American season. It reminds me of my cheerful days of childhood and birth country. Those moments are so intricately engraved in our memories. I think that stands true for all of us.

Another memory that makes me happy is my love for drawing and sketching. There was a time, when I could spend hours lost in sketching, creating and coloring. I could never replicate the others’ work and would be busy just following with my eyes, wherever my sketch pencil made its mark.

Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque
Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque

Have I already cribbed about how crazy my life has been lately? I think I did that in my last post of Tandoori Tofu .

To deal with my stress and to spend more time with kids, I am exploring Mandala Art. Mandala is a sanskrit name for spiritual and ritual symbol in HIndu Myhtology of India, representing the universe. In many traditions, it is used for focus, attention, meditation and inducing trance.

I am not sure, what it does or what it means as per mythology besides whatever is written or said about it. I can speak for what it does to me. When I am coloring in a Mandala Pattern, it calms my nerves down, brings back the creativity and color to my life, help me focus  and settle down my anxiety. The biggest bonus is, I color it with my girls and hence it helps me connect with my kids at a different level.

If you are going through a tough situation or feel lost, I would highly recommend to indulge in Mandala Coloring and notice the benefits yourself.

Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque
Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque

Some other comforting soups from my blog are – Restaurant Style Tomato Soup , Mushroom Soup , Red Lentil Stew (Moroccan Harira) , Manchow Soup , Vegetable Thukpa and many more.

I am calling it as a One Pot Meal, since it is so filling that it is a complete meal in itself, either you combine it with some bread or eat it alone. It is thick, creamy, rich and nicely balanced with herbs and spices.

Few ingredients and one dish can alter your mood for good. 

Here is how you make it! I have adapted this recipe from here !

Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque
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Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8
 
Easy Butternut squash creamy soup, also known as bisque.
Ingredients
  • Butternut squash - 1 large or 5 cups of butternut squash peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • Onion - 1 medium, chopped roughly
  • Garlic - 2 large cloves, chopped roughly
  • Heavy Cream - ½ cup
  • Water - 5 cups
Oils, Herbs & Spices
  • Butter - 3 tbsp
  • Rosemary - 1 twig fresh or 1 tsp dry
  • Nutmeg - ½ tsp
  • Cayenne pepper - ½ tsp
  • Red Chili powder - ¼ tsp
  • Salt - 1&1/4 tsp or to taste
Instructions
Preparing the Butternut Squash
  1. In case you do not find butternut squash, you may use pumpkin. Wash, peel and chop the squash or pumpkin into 1 inch squares. It should be approximately 5-6 cups after chopping. Set aside.
Making One Pot Butternut Squash {Pumpkin} Soup
  1. Heat butter in a sauce pan. Add rosemary, garlic, onion, nutmeg, red chili powder, cayenne pepper and salt to the hot butter.
  2. Saute it on medium heat till onions become slightly soft and pink in color.
  3. Now add chopped butternut squash or pumpkin, heavy cream and water to the pan. Give it a good stir and bring it to a boil.
  4. Now simmer it for 18-20 minutes till the butternut squash becomes soft.
  5. Once it is soft, switch off the gas stove.
  6. Puree it in a blender in small batches, while it is hot.
  7. DO NOT PUREE IT BY FILLING TILL TOP OR IT WILL SPILL OUT AND BURN YOU. JUST SMALL BATCHES AT A TIME, MAY BE 1 CUP AT A TIME.
  8. Put it back in the sauce pan. Adjust the water and salt if required. Warm up again and serve hot.
Serving
  1. You may serve it with more cream on top with some croutons or bread on the side.
Storage
  1. It can be stored in the refrigerator well. You can freeze it too in individual batches.
Notes
You can make it vegan, by using olive oil in place of butter and almond milk instead of cream. Pumpkin can be easily used in place of butternut squash. You can use vegetable broth in place of water or do half n half. If you are using broth, be mindful about the amount of salt used.

 

It makes a perfect soup for cold days. Serve it on a game night or any get together. People will love it. The sweet butternut squash combined with warm nutmeg and balmy rosemary create perfect magic for FALL. It is figure friendly and gluten free soup which is very filling.

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Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque
Butternut Squash {pumpkin} Bisque

In my Kitchen, You will always EAT HAPPY AND STAY HAPPY!

Taking it to Fiesta Friday this week, after a long time.

Sonal

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