THE CONFIDENT KITCHEN SERIES
Soup Classes seem to include, due to popular demand, a recipe for butternut squash soup. When I send out the initial confirmation for soup classes, I always ask my prospective students if there is any soup in particular that they would like to cover in my class. Butternut Squash Soup is always high on that list. That makes me happy because it is one of my favourite soups. But, first things first. How does a person cut such an unusual looking vegetable? It can be quite intimidating to tackle such a roly-poly vegetable. I am going to show you How To Cut A Butternut Squash.
A beautiful Butternut Squash
HOW TO CUT A BUTTERNUT SQUASH:
Butternut squash is often a source of frustration for most people when it comes to how to prepare them. Since knife skills are a part of every class, learning how to handle such an unwieldy vegetable is a good skill to know. In this post, you will learn, photo by photo, the easiest way how to cut a butternut squash.
It is easy when you see it done visually before your eyes. Butternut squash is delicious roasted with feta cheese and a sprinkling of oregano and it also transforms into a silky texture when pureed into a soup. I will share with you a recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Caramelized Pear with Parmesan Croutons that you can proudly serve to company.
Roasted Diced Butternut Squash
How to Cut a Butternut Squash:
Cut the squash in half by separating the cylinder part from the round half
Shave a bit off the top of the cylinder-shaped part and stand upright on the cutting board
Now start to cut the peel from this part of the squash as shown, turning the squash as you go
Voila! The first half of the squash is now peeled.
Repeat with the second half: cut a small bit from the bottom of the round part
Using the same knife skills, peel the round half all around and down
Cut each squash section in half, as shown
Following the photo, cut the cylinder part into slices, then dice
Roasting the Diced Butternut Squash Soup adds Flavour
So, now you know how to cut a butternut squash. You will find many recipes for butternut squash (or any type of squash) where the squash is cut in half and placed cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then baked until soft and cooked through. This is just fine, however, there is another alternative that adds so much more flavour. This is done by roasting the diced squash as shown below. A little olive oil, salt and pepper is all that is required to prepare the diced squash. Place the squash in a preheated 350oF oven and roast until the squash is cooked through and starts to take on some colour as shown in the photo below. This takes only 15 minutes or so.
The roasted squash makes a lovely side dish or, you can make butternut squash soup. Try “Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear (or Apple) Soup.” Guaranteed to be one of the best soups that you have ever tried.
You Might Also Enjoy These Urb’n’Spice Recipes:
Roasted Butternut Squash & Caramelized Pear Soup
Home Welcoming Hearty Black Bean Soup
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