I love fall. Summer has never been a friend of mine because let’s face it, I’m just not made for warm weather. It may have something to do with having skin so pale it borders on translucent and naturally dark hair that seems to absorb all of the heat on hot days. I’m much happier during fall and winter.
When summer is winding down I can’t help but get excited because I can put away my summer clothes and take out all of my warm cozy outfits and my boots! The sound of rain soothes me and I find dark and cloudy days strangely comforting. No seasonal affective disorder for this girl! Now that we’re into October, fall is well and truly here and that means that it’s squash season. Yet another reason why I love fall is the delicious soups, especially butternut squash soup. As soon as I see the leaves start to change colour, I’m dreaming of creamy yummy butternut squash soup. This has been the case even more so this year because, as I wrote in a previous post, I have had to go dairy free in order to continue breastfeeding my daughter who has developed a cow’s milk protein intolerance. I have been seriously missing creamy dairy deliciousness in my meals and this soup hits the spot.
Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon Recipe
8 thick strips of bacon
2 butternut squashes cut and cubed
2 granny smith apples peeled and cubed
2 cartons of vegetable or chicken broth
2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1.5 Tbsp. of finely chopped sage leaves
1 tsp of curry powder
1 tsp of garam masala
1 dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt (optional for those of you who aren’t dairy free)
In a soup pot cook the bacon and remove from the pot when crispy. Leave a couple tbsp. of bacon grease in the pot and add butternut squash, apples, garlic and sage. Brown the ingredients and add broth, curry powder and garam masala. When squash and apples are soft use the hand blender and mix until smooth. Sprinkle bacon on top and add the optional sour cream or Greek yogurt.
This recipe is so simple and so good! If you’re lacking in upper body strength like I am then it may take a bit of time to cut up the squash but that’s it and it’s so worth it. And as if this soup wasn’t already my favourite, it’s also baby and toddler approved. Tonight, all four of us ate this soup and there were zero complaints, not even from the toddler! There you have it, the best easy butternut squash soup.