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October 15, 2019

Autumn Minestrone Soup with Butternut Squash



  • Autumn Minestrone Soup with Butternut Squash

  • A couple of weekends ago when it was cold and rainy, we had Mike's parents over on a Sunday evening and I made the Barefoot Contessa's Winter Minestrone Soup (recipe here) for the first time.  It was perfect and so hearty, nutritious and so filling.   However, I don't think the name does it justice - while squash around during the winter, I think this actually the perfect soup for Autumn - butternut squash, pancetta...  

Recipe Notes : 

I made a couple of changes by leaving out some of the celery (calls for 2 cups, I did 1 cup) and using chopped Kale for added nutrition. 

  • The recipe calls for pesto at the end - which is completely delightful and brightens everything in the right way.   She suggests store-bought pesto is ok, but I'm not a fan of store-bought pesto (tastes like dried basil to me).  We are still harvesting fresh basil from our garden, so I have plenty of fresh pesto around and some I put in the freezer.  Again, my campaign for this being an "Autumn Minestrone Soup" instead of Winter.  You could definitely just add some chopped basil at the end instead.  



    Don't skip the garlic bruschetta - such a good garlicy bite with the very rich soup.



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