Monday, February 1, 2010

Two Simple (and super tasty) Soups

Our weather here lately demands steamy hot soups.  Here are two really simple ones.  I mean really simple.

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

2 Tblsp.  Butter
2 Tblsp. Olive Oil
2 large Leeks (sliced crosswise and rinsed)
3 cups chicken/vegetable stock
1-2 potatos, cut in 1/2-inch pieces1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter and oil in medium sauce pan and add leeks.  Cook on medium heat for about 4 min.  Add stock, brink to a boil, then add potatoes.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.  Then, crush several potatoes against the side of the pot with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the soup.  Lower heat, add cream and seasoning.  This would be good with some bacon crumbled on top or some buttery croutons--or both!

Thai Coconut Squash Soup*

1 Butternut squash (or two acorn squash)
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 can coconut milk
1-3 tsp.  Thai red chili paste (can be purchased in the asian section of most grocery stores)
1 cup chicken/vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375.  Slice squash in half, brush flesh with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast skin side down for 1 hour (this can be done ahead).

Scoop out flesh from squash into soup pot.  Add coconut milk and chili paste.  Over medium heat, use hand blender to mix until smooth.  Add stock and blend again until smooth.  season with more chili paste and salt and pepper to taste.  Serve topped with roasted pepitas or chives.

* adapted from 101 Cookbooks recipe

BONUS: My kids eat and like both of these soups!


Hawke said...

Thanks Jordan! These both look really good. I will try them.

Ann said...

That's funny you posted the squash soup. I have some sitting in my fridge and mom and dad just made some a couple of nights ago. It's the go-to soup for the Knudsens

sara b said...

These both sound so good....and I know they must be coming from you.

Can't wait to give them a try.

Emz said...

YEA!! SO happy! BTW found your blog through Abby's. ;)

I was looking for a yummy squash soup recipe yesterday!! Good thing I didn't make any of them! This looks like dinner tonight to me.

Thank you!!

Panooch said...

I made the squash soup last night. Very yummy! My kid's wouldn't eat it but I always knew Jo's kids were cooler than mine.

Angela said...

YUM! Just when I was looking for a soup recipe.