6 - 8
4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (see hints below)
1 medium onion, diced
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
2-3 Tbs vegetable oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cumin
approx. 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth (plus more as needed)
salt to taste
8-ounces sour cream
one medium large canned chipotle pepper, deseeded and minced (see procedure below)
chopped fresh cilantro as needed
Get started by sauteing 1 medium sized diced onion, 2 ribs of diced celery and 2 medium peeled and thinly sliced carrots in a splash of vegetable oil to soften.
Once the onion has softened up, add 2 large minced cloves of garlic and cook that along for a minute.
Then add the 4 cups of cubed butternut squash, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground clove and 1 tsp ground cumin....stir that it....and add just enough chicken or vegetable stock to cover.
Bring it up to a simmer and let it cook along until the squash is nice and soft.
Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapeno peppers and you can buy them canned in adobo sauce....and you'll want to deseed and finely mince one medium pepper and add that to 8-ounces of sour cream.
Taste that and add a little more minced chipotle to make it spicier if you want and you'll also need to rough chop a handful of fresh cilantro if you're using it.
Once the squash is nice and soft, use a hand blender to puree it until it's nice and smooth.....adding more chicken or vegetable stock if you need to.
Then season it to taste and serve it up with a dollop of the chipotle sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro.
You can buy already peeled and cubed butternut squash if you like or carefully peel and cube your own...you're looking for about 4 cups total.
Keep in mind that the adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers will stain anything it comes in contact with so use your judgment as far as your cutting surface goes.
Puree the soup in small batches in a blender instead....just be super careful not to burn yourself as the hot liquid will expand quite a bit when you turn the blender on. Add more stock as you need to.