Soups and Salads — By Ben on 11 January 2010
Butternut Squash and Chorizo Soup

Butternut Squash and Chorizo Soup

After a long, long “vacation” I am finally back to the blog-o-sphere full of renewed energy, new ideas  for this blog and some very exciting new projects regarding food. But before I continue, I want to wish everybody a New Year full of happiness, love, prosperity and delicious food. I am sure this year will be a lot better than last, it has to be!

Last year was seen by many as a very difficult one, but it also had a lot of good moments. For me it was the year that marked the beginning of a career in the field of food and food photography. However, it is only the beginning and I still have a very long way to go to fulfill many of my plans regarding this aspect of my life. My culinary resolutions for this year have to do with continuing learning more about food, food photography and building relations in this field.

Last year was also the year when I found the “voice” for this blog. I’ve always loved the cuisine of my country, but I realized that learning more about it, experimenting with the ingredients I grew up with and sharing that knowledge with others was something I also loved. If you have been following this blog you might have noticed this change, even the subtitle of this blog changed in accordance. This year I want to continue in that direction and I am very happy that more and more people have followed this blog after these changes. Thank you! You, my dear reader, are the one who keeps this blog going. And now to the food.

Snow day

The new year has been very cold and snowy here in Ohio. That picture above shows the conditions we’ve been having here for almost 2 weeks now. That’s why I have made a lot of soups and comfort food. Last week I prepared a butternut squash soup, but I wanted to give it that Mexican twist so I added half of a chipotle pepper just to give it a hint of spiciness and topped it up with fried Mexican chorizo, because a little bit of fat and protein in your soup doesn’t hurt anybody.

Butternut Squash and Chorizo Soup

The ingredients:

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 4-6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 chipotle adobado pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 TBSP Mexican oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb Mexican chorizo

The how-to:

  1. Roast the squash in the oven and peel.
  2. Blend squash with cream cheese, pepper, garlic, onion and 2 cups of broth.
  3. Pour in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat.
  4. Add the rest of the broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Add oregano, salt and pepper and reduce to low heat.
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes stirring constantly.
  7. In an skillet cook chorizo until brown.
  8. Serve soup in bowls and top with one or two spoonfuls of chorizo and enjoy hot.
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Butternut Squash and Chorizo Soup

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(30) Readers Comments

  1. I love the contrasting textures and colors that you have used!! Good luck with all your plans in 2010, I have now doubt that you will accomplish many of them!!!

  2. Oh Ben, this is one to bookmark for sure!

  3. Love the combination of the salty, spicy chorizo and the roasted butternut squash. Looks delicious!

  4. Glad you are back with delicious food and beautiful pictures! Happy new year, Ben!

  5. what a fabulous combination of flavours and textures! Brilliant! I love both chorizo and butternut squash and am looking forward to making this soon!

  6. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes.

  7. Oh! I just roasted the butternut squash last night…your soup looks delicious, very creamy and rich :-)

  8. Happy New Year to you too ! The soup sounds delightful, I love butternut squash in soups :-)

  9. Happy Newyear to you too Ben! May it bring all your wishes come true! It's been rather cold here in Holland too and I was just remarking that it has been possibly 25 years ago that we had as much snow as we have right now! Perfect for good soups!!

  10. Ooooh, the sweetness of the butternut squash must pair so well with the savory and spicy flavors of all the other ingredients here. Great soup!

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