It was the best of squash, it was….well anyway, there once were two butternut squash that were roasted in the oven.
but after becoming caramelized and soft, they headed for two different fates: one a smooth creamy soup made with broth and sage; the other filled spicy tacos with a burst of freshness from cilantro.
Butternut Squash Soup
Heat 3 cups broth (see Roz’s Jewish Chicken Soup (plus a vegan version)
If squash has not cooked completely in oven, put seeded and peeled cooked squash in broth. Add a large peeled and chopped red potato, and cook until very soft, about 10 minutes. Or I bake a Russet potato with the squash, halve it and peel it. If both squash and potato are soft, you can skip boiling them and just plop them in the blender with the soup and sage.
Put it in the blender with the soup, several torn sage leaves, and a ½ to 1 teaspoon salt (to taste). You can omit the potato and make this soup with Potato-Leek soup base for a creamier, savory taste. Or try part broth, part potato-leek soup.
Heat raw pepitas (green shelled Mexican pumpkin seeds) on a comal or heavy frying pan until they begin to pop.
Garnish soup with seeds and a sage leaf.
Butternut Squash Tacos
Simpler veggie version: Seed and peel squash and mash with ¼ cup butternut squash soup. Add ½ tsp. cumin and a few shakes chili powder or chipotle powder and salt. Grate or slice 2 tsp low fat cheddar cheese for each taco and add to squash.
Add salsa to taste, then toasted pepitas (you can toast them while heating the tortilla). Finish with chopped tomato and fresh cilantro.
Ground turkey version: Heat 1 Tb garlic infused olive oil (or regular olive oil) and add ½ chopped onion and one pound ground turkey. Add 1 chopped red or yellow bell pepper and 3 chopped Roma tomatoes. Season with 1 tsp each cumin and chipotle or chili powder, black pepper and chili flakes, 3 Tb salsa, and salt to taste. Cook until turkey is brown, add ½ cup butternut squash, and a squeeze of lime to cut the sweetness of the squash. Heat corn tortilla and fill with mixture. Add as desired: chopped lettuce, tomato, guacamole, shredded low-fat cheese, more salsa, and cilantro. For a vegetarian version, substitute pinto beans for turkey.