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What you need:

2 3/4 pounds pumpkin or butternut squash, halved and seeded
1 onion, peeled and quartered through the stem
2 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps wiped clean
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 cup olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
5 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock

What you do:

Preheat oven to 230C / 450F /gas mark 8

Cut pumpkin into 2-inch pieces. Combine pumpkin, onion, mushrooms, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Add oil and 2 teaspoons salt; toss to coat, then spread in a single layer. Roast until pumpkin is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 30 minutes, rotating pan and tossing vegetables halfway through. Let cool, then remove skins.

Transfer vegetables to a medium saucepan; heat over medium. Pour in 2 cups stock; puree with a blender until smooth. With the blender running, slowly add remaining 3 cups stock, and puree until smooth. Bring soup just to a simmer. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper.
Cover to keep warm.

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What you need:

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 tsp fresh, chopped thyme
1/2 tsp fresh, crushed rosemary
1 fresh sage leaf, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
Croutons for garnish

What you do:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion, celery, thyme, rosemary, and sage in the olive oil for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables turn tender. Add the salt and pepper and sauté the vegetables and herbs for an additional 2 minutes.

Add the butternut squash and chicken stock to the pan and bring the soup to simmer. Reduce the heat slightly, cover, and simmer the soup for 20 minutes, until the squash is tender.

Puree the soup in a countertop blender or with an immersion blender until it is completely smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and heat through.
Serve the bisque hot, garnished with croutons.

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