Saturday, December 22, 2012

Have yourself a very peary Christmas! (Butternut Squash and Pear Soup)

It's all done.  Christmas shopping that is.  A pile of gifts are to my right and a heap of wrapping paper is to my left.

Is it just me or was Christmas kind sneaky this year?  Seriously, it feels like it came out of nowhere.  Not that I am complaining.  I adore Christmas.  The lights, the music, the laughter, the story of a baby born long ago... it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Some other things I love about Christmas:

Peppermint everything
The smell of Christmas trees
Mannheim Steamroller

Wreaths on the door
Rain coming down (yes, rain and not snow... California!)
Giving presents

Christmas cookies

What a minute -- I have never actually been kissed under the mistletoe before!  Guess I better grab that many of mine and make some Christmas magic happen! ;)

And last, but not least, SOUP!  It has always been one of my favorite dishes, and I hope it forever more shall be...

How about you?  What are your favorite things from this season?

Recipe from Everyday Food, Dec. 2012

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced large
  • 1 small butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and diced large
  • 2 pears, peeled and diced large
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Chopped fresh chives, for serving
  1. In a medium pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until translucent, 6 minutes. Add squash, pears, and 4 cups water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce to a rapid simmer and cook until squash is soft, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. In batches, fill a blender halfway with soup and puree with yogurt until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), transferring to a clean pot as you work. Season with salt and pepper; serve with chives and a drizzle of olive oil.

COST: $$4.42   COST PER SERVING (6): $0.74


  1. This looks awesome,. I have to try it. I make a turnip soup that I use apples in and it's amazing! thakns. Merry Christmas!

    1. Turnips and apples? Sounds DELICIOUS! I will have to try some!!! Merry Christmas, Hanna :)

  2. Yay!! I`m done with holiday shopping too!

    What a lovely soup to have during this chilly weather! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thank you! I hope your Christmas is wonderful, as well. I am sure your family will enjoy all that baking you did!!!

  3. Amazing photos (as always). This looks delicious! I love the idea of Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream.

    1. Thanks! Yes, the Greek yogurt (I didn't actually do low fat, but still...) makes it much lighter than the cream, and still very very tasty. It's a win-win .

  4. What gorgeous photos and a wonderful soup too! I love the flavour combo. Simply irresistible!


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