Poblano and butternut squash soup

This one looks a little crazy, so you’ll just have to trust me. The smoky flavor of the roasted poblanos and cumin is balanced nicely by the mild sweetness from butternut squash. Cozy on a snowy day.

Poblano and butternut squash soup, adapted from Green Chili Chowder, Homesick Texan Cookbook

  • 4 poblanos
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Roast the poblanos and jalapenos under a broiler or over a burner until the skin is charred. Place the poblanos in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave to steam for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, throw the butter and onion in a pot together and saute until the onions are soft – around 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute more. Add the chicken broth, cumin, and butternut squash and bring to a boil, then down to a simmer. Slip the skins off the poblanos, and seed a chop both them and the jalapenos. Add to the soup. Continue simmering until the squash is tender. Remove about two cups of the chunky parts, and puree the remaining soup in a blender or food processor. Add everything back together and serve warm.

Apple Sauce Add-ins

Apple sauce works as a perfect base in which to mix other seasonal ingredients. Mix one in, and get a whole new side dish. Here are my favorites:

  • Cranberries (last time, I cooked about 1/2 a cup of these with a splash of orange juice and a few teaspoons of sucanat over medium heat until their skins burst and they made that wonderful popping noise. Good mixed with apple sauce, also good plain.)
  • Sweet potatoes (bake them at 375 until soft. Cool, remove from skins, puree, and mix in. Excellent just like that, but also good baked with a little added butter and walnuts on top. Like traditional sweet potato casserole, only lighter.)
  • Butternut squash (cut them in half, scoop out the seeds, and roast them cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet at 400 until soft. Scoop out the flesh when cool, puree, mix in)