Sus’ Butternut / Pumpkin Zuppa
- 1 medium-sized butternut squash – peeled and cubed
- 1 can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 can of evaporated milk
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 T. butter
- 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 T. all-purpose flour
- 1 big veggie or chicken bouillon cube, optional
Cover squash cubes with approximately 2-½ cups of water – cook until tender. With a basket ladle, remove squash and place in high-powered blender or food processor; while the squash is cooking, sauté the onion and the minced garlic in 2 T. of butter and 1 T. of olive oil, until translucent. Carefully place the onion/garlic mix in with the squash.
To the squash/onion/garlic mixture, add the can of pumpkin – puree until smooth. If necessary, add a little of the evaporated milk. Now, to the squash cooking water add one big bouillon cube, if desired, and dissolve over medium heat. While that is happening, melt the remaining 2 T. of butter and add the 2 T. of flour to begin a roux, slowly add all of the evaporated milk. This mix will be thick – pour into the cooking water and whisk until blended. Now, add the squash/onion/garlic/pumpkin puree and heat through. Serve.
There are no words to describe how good this is!!!
My Take on Chickpea Zuppa
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 sprig of fresh Rosemary
- salt & pepper
- 2 – 1/2 cups water (or stock if you have it)
- 1 large bouillon cube (veggie or chicken) (do not add if using stock)
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly minced raw garlic, optional
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onions and gently saute until slightly golden, then add the chickpeas, Rosemary, s&p. Remove from heat, and with a fork mash one-third of the chickpeas, for texture. Return to the heat, add the water and bouillon, or stock, cook for 15 minutes.
If desired drizzle a little olive oil, minced raw garlic, and fresh Parmesan gratings over each bowl of zuppa before serving.
How good is this? Sharpshooter went for “thirds”, and said, “Next time you have to make more!”