Got a tickle in your throat? Feel a bug coming on? Or maybe you just have an upset tummy. This soup could be your ticket for the train to recovery!
With ginger for your tummy (and optional honey for a sore throat) how could you go wrong?
Confession time: this recipe uses short cuts. If you’re a purist, feel free to do it the hard way.
My kids LOVED this soup. My 19-month-old kept finishing his portions, then pointing to mine and yelling, “I want THIS! I want THIS!” I guess it was a hit!
Soothing Butternut Soup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 pounds peeled diced butternut squash (I found organic diced butternut at Costco, ready to go! Hooray!)
4 apples, diced (I used up some gala apples that were getting a little “old”.)
1 leek, white and pale green parts rinsed, halved, and sliced
4 cups chicken stock (I used a carton of Pacific Natural Foods Organic Free-Range Chicken Broth.)
3 tablespoons FRESH ginger, diced (NO skimping on this – dried, ground ginger just will not cut it.)
2 teaspons dried sage
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
salt to taste
raw, unfiltered, local honey (optional)
Melt coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute leek for about 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add apples and squash and cook for about 4 minutes. Add chicken broth, ginger, sage and nutmeg. Cover, bring heat down to a simmer, and allow soup to simmer for 20 minutes.
Puree ingredients with an immersion/wand blender. Taste and add salt as desired. Pour into bowls and drizzle with honey, if desired.
I gotta go. My kid just finished his 4th helping and is pointing to the empty bowl yelling, “I want THIS!!!”