Butternut Squash Soup With Herbes De Provence
Recipe By : adapted from Lorna Sass' Short-Cut Vegetarian, page 58
Serving Size : 4
2 pounds butternut squash -- peeled and seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
2 large ribs celery
cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and light green parts only)
OR coarsely chopped onions
3 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons instant vegetable stock powder
1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
1/2 teaspoon salt -- or more to taste
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar -- up to 3
1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
OR thinly sliced scallion greens -- for garnish
Prep: about 15 minutes. Cooking: 15 minutes
This burnished-orange soup has a silken texture and a beautiful sheen, thanks to the addition of oatmeal-a terrific short-cut technique for creating quick body and creaminess. Chopping the squash and celery very finely in the food processor dramatically reduces cooking time without forsaking full-bodied taste. Be sure to include the chive (or scallion) garnish, which adds dramatic visual and flavor contrast. If you like, stir in a tablespoon of basil or rosemary olive oil at the end for an additional flavor dimension.
Using the food processor, finely chop the squash in several batches. (You should have about 5 cups.) Transfer to a large bowl. Finely chop the celery. Set aside with the squash.
In a large soup pot, heat the 2 tbsp. of water and sauté the leeks for 1 minute. Add the water and stock powder and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the squash, celery, oats, Herbes de Provence, and salt and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook at a gentle boil until the squash is very soft, about 15 minutes.
Puree the soup with an immersion blender (or cool slightly, then transfer in small batches to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth).
Stir in enough vinegar to heighten the flavors. Add a bit more salt if needed, and reheat if necessary. Garnish with the chives.
Cooking under pressure: After the initial sauté, cook all the ingredients in a pressure cooker for 4 minutes under high pressure. Use a quick-release method or allow the pressure to come down naturally. Proceed as directed in the recipe.
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