Various types of squash can usually be interchanged in any squash soup recipe depending on your taste buds. Squash are broken down into two families; the summer varieties and the winter varieties. The summer ones have thinner skins and do not hold up as well as the winter ones. The winter type has a very thick skin which helps them to last longer. This makes them available to us for cooking most of the year.
The best way to cook winter squash like pumpkins, with their thick skins is to cut in half, scoop out the seeds and roast them in the oven until tender. At this point the inside meat can easily be scooped out with a large spoon. I cook them this way for the freezer; after cooking I scoop the meat of the squash into a plastic freezer bag and place in the freezer. This works well for recipes like creamed squash soup.
The summer squash with their thin skins are great for fast cooking dishes or salads. These squash like zucchini, yellow squash and others have a mild flavor which blends well in most salad, stir fries or other combinations such as soup recipes. Below are some of the common types of squash which you will see in many soup recipes.
BUTTERNUT SOUP RECIPE
Butternut squash is is one of my favorite squash soup recipes.
Brown bacon in a heavy pot with oil. Remove bacon from the pan, crumble and set aside. Cook onion, garlic and celery until tender. Add squash and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is tender. (can add water if necessary if too dry).
Puree mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return mixture to pan. Stir in the heavy cream. Stir until soup is hot. Ladle into bowls and garnish with crumbled bacon.
ZUCCHINI SOUP RECIPE a squash soup recipe
To cook zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds; do not peel. Cut in chunks, cover with water and cook until soft; set aside.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium low heat, and then stir in the flour, the milk and the water.
Add the onion, parsley, seasoned salt and bouillon; cook and stir until thickened.
Put zucchini in blender and puree and add to white sauce; add salt and pepper if desired.
PUMPKIN SOUP (a squash soup recipe)
Because of the popularity of pumpkins people forget that this is also a squash. Pumpkin is probably the most popular squash soup recipe.
Sauté onion in butter over medium heat until tender.
Add chicken broth and pumpkin and blend; stir in the milk.
Add the nutmeg, ginger and pepper; blend well and heat thoroughly but do not boil.
Sprinkle chopped chives on each serving.
CALABAZA SQUASH SOUP RECIPE
Peel and seed calabaza with sharp knife; cut into chunks and boil until tender and drain.
Sauté onion and tomato in another pan in hot olive oil until soft.
Process calabaza and onion mixture in food processor until pureed.
After processing pour all into a large saucepan; add light cream and stir to blend well.
Add sugar, salt, pepper and mix well; cook and stir until hot.
Pour small amount of hot mixture into beaten yolks while stirring briskly.
Quickly stir yolk mixture back into pot of hot mixture.
Ladle into hot bowls; top with dollop sour cream sprinkled with nutmeg.