It’s beginning to feel a lot like soup!

    The official start of the holidays began yesterday!! Yes, I said it.  The official start.  Because according to me, the holiday season does not start until December.  Every holiday deserves their respectful time Smile 
    That being said, I am not giving up on fall foods.  Sure I am going to drink hot chocolate and eat Christmas cookies all month, but pumpkin, squash and fall type foods are still allowed in my book.  Call me a hypocrite, but you may feel differently after trying this soup!

    Buttermilk Squash Soup

    Yields 7 cups, or 8 servings
    Ingredients:

     

        • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
        • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
        • 3 garlic cloves, minced
        • 2 pounds yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
        • 1 russet potato (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
        • 3 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock, skimmed of fat
        • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
                 Directions:
          1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tear bread into 1/2-inch pieces (to measure about 1 cup). Transfer to a medium bowl; drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper; toss. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet; toast bread in oven until crisp and golden brown, about 13 minutes. Let cool.
          2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, squash, and potato; cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until potato is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
          3. Let cool slightly. Carefully ladle soup into a blender (work in batches to avoid filling blender more than halfway); puree until smooth. Pour through a fine sieve into a clean large saucepan.
          4. Place pan over medium-low heat. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup stock; while stirring, slowly pour in buttermilk. Heat until warm, about 5 minutes. Divide soup and reserved croutons among bowls.
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          Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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