It snowed the other day. I know that’s not really surprising – snow in October in Saskatchewan – but that first snow fall of the season is always the hardest. It wasn’t a lot of snow, just a light dusting, but we know it’s just the beginning. A day like that just begs for a nice warm bowl of soup. The creamier the better. Do you have a favourite creamy soup recipe? A few weeks ago I made this amazing Creamy Potato Chowder that was a huge hit with the family. This week I tried my hand at Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. Seemed like the perfect soup to try since you can find butternut squash in just about every grocery store this time of year.
The key to any cream soup is, of course, the creaminess. That’s where Carnation® Evaporated Milk comes in. There is no easier or tastier way to make creamy soup perfection. Carnation® Evaporated Milk has been a staple baking ingredient in Canadian homes for a long time. You’ve probably used it in many of your favourite treats over the years. I’m not even sure you can make pumpkin pie without it! But there are so many other ways to use Carnation® Evaporated Milk in the kitchen. You can take dishes like casseroles, sauces, dressings and, of course, soups to a whole new level. Because Carnation® Evaporated Milk contains less water than milk it is the perfect way to bring a rich and creamy texture to your favourite dishes. Carnation® Evaporated Milk is available in Regular, 2% and Fat Free and, no matter which variety you chose, you will find the same rich and creamy flavour.
I also love the convenience of cooking with Carnation® Evaporated Milk. I can keep it stocked in my pantry without having to give up precious fridge space and I don’t know how many times I’ve run out of milk for a recipe (happens a lot with a four year old around) and I’ve easily been able to replace it with Carnation® Evaporated Milk. To be perfectly honest I’ve changed a few of my favourite recipes because I’ve done a last minute substitution and the dish turned out better than the original recipe!
If you are looking for a rich and creamy dish to warm up to you can’t go wrong with this simple yet delicious Creamy Butternut Squash Soup.
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 tbsp of Crisco Vegetable or Canola Oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)
- 8 cups of butternut squash (about 3lbs) peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces
- 8 cups of chicken or vegetable stock or water
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of pepper
- 3/4 cup of Carnation® Evaporated Milk (Regular, 2% or Fat Free)
Over medium heat, heat the oil in a large saucepan or stock pot. Add the onion and the garlic (and the red pepper flakes if you are using them). Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender and fragrant.
Add the squash and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover the port and reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the squash is tender.
Puree the soup in a blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender.
Return to heat and stir in the evaporated milk. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper if necessary.
If you’re a fan of creamy soups you are going to love this one. It’s so rich and I love the beautiful colour from the squash.
You can watch this video for step-by-step directions on how to make this soup:
You can also find plenty of other everyday dinner ideas, along with more step-by-step recipe videos on the Carnation® Evaporated Milk website. You are sure to find a few new favourites to help you create a stir with Carnation® Evaporated Milk.
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. and they sent me free product samples, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Smucker Foods of Canada Corp.