Soup & Sandwich II: Spicy Potato, Carrot and Butternut Squash

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 8th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2srkb12m/
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The thick consistency of this soup will fill your belly with a satisfying sensation yet, it is very light and to say it is tasty, is an understatement, it is downright lip smacking good. This soup pairs well with the creamy chicken salad sandwich I serve next to it.

Yes It's Squash

Tristan just loves his butternut squashes and he will tote these squash all around the house. I have to say that allowing him access to these squash has actually taught my grandson a few things. One would be that he now knows what a butternut squash is and how to say the words. It also has helped him with his counting.

When I decided to use the poaching liquid I had leftover from my chicken salad sandwich recipe for a soup, was when I was cleaning up after my grandson left our house. We are blessed in the fact that we get to have our grandson visit us three days out of the week. I was putting all his toys away and in his favorite place (his tent) Tristan had his friends 'the squash'.

When I went to pick up the squash, I found that one squash was ready to be cooked and although I could just bake the squash as I always do, I thought, why not make a soup out of it instead and that is how I came about the idea of making this lovely soup.

I also want to make sure that I do not waste any food, especially with as bad as this economy is, my husband works hard for his money. So why not make a soup with the left over poaching broth from my chicken salad sandwich and stretch that poaching broth into a delicious soup.

Ingredients

5 cups drained Chicken 'poaching' broth, plus the carrots
5 cups of potatoes
3 cups Butternut squash
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper
Salt
Cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon honey (heaping)

Chicken Poaching Broth Recipe

Be Prepared!

I like to get all my ingredients prepared before I start to make this soup, including having my spices on one plate, just ready to use. As this soup goes fast once you start cooking it. Drain your cooked vegetables from your poaching broth, saving the broth and the three carrots.

Peel & dice your squash and potatoes. Dice your onion and carrots, set aside.

Take the peel off of your garlic cloves and cut in half. Add to your plate of spices already measured out. Set aside.

Have your grated black pepper mill and honey in arms reach and place all your ingredients near your stove.

Cold Blow!

Add your potatoes to your 'cold' poaching liquid and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. In the meantime, add your canola oil to your frying pan on medium high heat, allow the pan to heat up but, not to the smoking point.

Add your onions, squash and garlic and toss for 2 minutes. Add your salt and lower the heat to medium. I am not a fan of biting into garlic but if you would like, you can add chopped garlic, just add it when you add your spices, so it doesn't burn.

Stirring occasionally, cook for another 8 minutes and then add your spices and stir well. Turn on low and cook until your squash becomes tender, set aside.

Make sure you give your poaching broth time to cool, if you don't, you will end up with cooked potatoes on the outside but also, uncooked potatoes in the middle.

Mash & Add Please!

After your potatoes have been cooking for 10 minutes, add your carrots and then grab your potato masher and start to mash those potatoes and carrots, on the heat. I will mash it every now and then while it cooks, until I get it to the consistency I like, rustic.

Cook for another 5 minutes or until your potatoes are cooked. Remove your garlic cloves, add your cooked squash, onions, cracked black pepper and honey to your pot of potatoes and carrots, stir and serve.

As all vegetables are different, some have more water than the next, so if the soup gets to be a bit thicker then you like, you can add some chicken stock or just a little water will do.

This suggestion might be gilding the lily but, adding a few tablespoons of heavy cream at the end, makes it more luxurious.

I didn't add any cream to mine the night I made this soup and a chicken salad sandwich, as the creamy mayonnaise in the chicken salad paired perfect with the soup. The next night, I just had the soup for supper and no sandwich so I added the heavy cream, it was delicious.

Dig IN!

I know I had to sacrifice one of Tristan's squash but in the end, it sure was well worth it. If you would rather have your soup a bit spicier than by all means add more spice, this is your soup, make it your way.

Sandwich & Soup I: Chicken Salad, With A Cilantro & Lime Mayonnaise

To try a few of my other soup recipe, please go to...

Lentil soup: Vegetarian or Ham Bone

Mama's Potato Soup

You know I never let my vegetarian friends down when I am able and this recipe can be made vegetarian very easily. Just take out the chicken from the poaching liquid made from my chicken salad sandwich recipe, come back to this page and finish up your soup.

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Broth, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Chicken, Chipotle Pepper, Denise O, Honey, Poached, Poaching, Potato, Recipe, Recipes, Soup

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author avatar Denise O
I live in Georgia, USA. I am a granny to 3 precious children. I am Mama to Bugg and two human beings. I was once married to a wonderful, Dan.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank the good Lord that my liver is just about finished marinating and I can get to fixing my liver and onions. I usually wait for Cathy to get home to eat supper, but you have made my stomach growl so bad that I'm afraid it's going to take a bite out of my backbone if I don't feed it something soon.

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Oh gosh Dan would love to be at your house right now, he just loves liver and onions. roflmao, you crack me up! Sounds like things are going great for you, I am very happy it is my friend. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar M G Singh
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Your dishes are wonderful and beautifully presented

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan for your kind words. It is said that we eat with our eyes first and I so agree with that. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Warm and wonderful recipes Denise...the kind that say welcome home and create not just meals but memories...:0)!

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Awww what a sweetie pie you are. I must blame my mama for this, she would just make things up on the fly, as we 'always' had a garden and what we would have would depend on what was on sale. I have always cooked this way. As always my friend, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar SunnyJasrotia
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Nice receipe...I will make it..Thanks..

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Retired
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Another good one...yummy...

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks my friend, I really appreciate your kind words. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks too for thinking of vegetarians like me! You goad me to be a good cook, Denise. Thanks for this mouth watering share and making it look easy - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
11th Aug 2012 (#)

A STAR dish, thank you dear sister Denise.

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author avatar Denise O
30th Aug 2012 (#)

Why thank you brother Paul for your kind words. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar rajaryanme
25th Aug 2012 (#)

Your dishes are wonderful and beautifully presented with images.

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author avatar Denise O
30th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks my friend for your kind words and as always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
28th Aug 2012 (#)

Gotta be a healthy food. Taste is identical I guess!

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author avatar Denise O
30th Aug 2012 (#)

I made sandwiches for my husband and a few buddies at work, they just loved it, as did my family, no soup though, we finished it that night it was so good. Even if I must say so myself. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Retired
10th Sep 2012 (#)

food ,good taste

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author avatar Denise O
5th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you for stopping by :)

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author avatar LOVERME
23rd Sep 2012 (#)

mouthwatering delicious wow

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very nice
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author avatar Denise O
5th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you for stopping by loverme :)

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author avatar Teila
29th Sep 2012 (#)

Good old fashioned comfort food, sounds tasty!

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author avatar Teila
29th Sep 2012 (#)

Good old fashioned comfort food, sounds tasty!

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author avatar Denise O
5th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you my sweet friend :)

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author avatar Judy Ellen
25th Nov 2012 (#)

Wow!! Magnificent!! I must try this recipe!! I applaud your hard work on this piece!! Thank you for sharing such joy with us!!

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author avatar Denise O
5th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you for acknowledging my hard work because, it does take a lot of work to do one of these pieces. Sorry it has been such a huge span between your comment and my response. Between my old computer going obsolete and my husband's battle (though he lost it) with cancer I have been out of the mix for awhile, sorry. Thank you for stopping by :)

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Quite a yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks hon for your kind words and for stopping by. :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Jan 2015 (#)

Denise, excellent article and thank you for sharing it. I loved the way you are so prepared before you start making your soup. I just throw things in the pot and it always turn out good but I like your method too. I'm a big fan of garlic. I use it in almost everything. Smiles to you today.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Jan 2015 (#)

To be quite honest with you, I am only this prepared because, I am writing an article, otherwise I also just throw it in. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for stopping by. :)

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