Squash soups are to Fall, what chicken soups are to getting better when you are feeling down. Fall soups come down to the foundational ingredients: vegetables that are in season and spices traditionally used during the Autumn months. Puréeing your base vegetable is preferable to buying fillings. If you keep a small garden, squash soup recipes are a necessity. For those of you who just want some savory Autumn cooking, squash is a great tasting, seasonal treat.
Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash soup recipes may just be the only thing on your mind right this instant, and I’ll bet you are in the mood to eat. This soup is a creamy concoction of good-tasting Autumn. That is the purée talking. This recipe calls for onions, a base broth, squash, and pumpkin pureé. It is best to eat a heartily thick soup in the confines of one’s own home, on a chilly day, with a remote in one hand and a spoon in the other.
Acorn Squash Soup
This recipe calls for the usuals: an onion, some soup base, squashes…but it gets a little creative with the additional spices. Sometimes, the difference between a Fall dish and a regular dish is simply this: cinnamon. Great for a cold day, this looks like a tasty soup for the weathered time ahead.
Spaghetti Squash Soup
Spaghetti squash is a delicious treat for the holidays. If you have never had it before, then you are in for a treat. This recipe calls for kosher salt, which means that we need to adjust the quantity if we are going to use table salt. This dish differs from the others mentioned, in that, it’s got mushrooms. That umami flavor is going to differentiate this recipe in a great way. That means that it’s got more of a dinner feel to it.
Banana Squash Soup
This squash gets its name from its long shape. When I saw this recipe, I just had to add it. There’s no better way to get through your Autumn than having a sweet potato added to something. They are a sweet snack that can turn a soup into a meal.
With your soups, remember to have a soup base. Chicken broth is a common base. You’ll want to add onions to most of your recipes. The amount of spices that you use is entirely up to you, but if you’re trying a recipe for the first time, be conservative with your spices. You can always add more.
Add your pepper last, as it tends to burn (if you are cooking items separately before adding them to the soup mix). The number of cloves you add may dominate the dish if you’re not careful
Butternut squash soup is the most listed squash recipe on the internet. If you are going to play around with a soup dish, this is the one you will want to choose. If you’re looking for soup recipes that you can mess around with, look for a common base that most squash recipes are using and start there.
These soups might be fun to try with older family members who would have a better idea of where to go, with the squashes that haven’t seen much of the limelight that butternut squash has.
Hopefully, you’re on your way to cooking a hearty soup in no time! Just don’t forget to have your cloves and cinnamon ready!