A Perfect Friday Night: Roasted Hubbard Squash Soup

by simplylife on September 30, 2011

My ideal Friday night goes something like this:  I get home from work and go for a short run with my husband.  I leisurely cook dinner with Pandora playing in the background (lately it’s been set to The Civil Wars Radio which I have been loving); we talk about our days over a warm meal and sip on a glass of wine.  

After dinner, he does the dishes while I carry my glass of wine to the living room.  Our apartment is small cozy, so we still carry a conversation while in different rooms.  He then sits next to me and reads the news while I plan out meals for the next week.  

I know many people would probably prefer heading into the city, going out to eat and staying out late at the first sign of the weekend but for me after a full week of work, slowing down the pace of life and relaxing is the perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend.

And to be honest, there’s isn’t much that feels more relaxing to me than flipping through magazines, reading your blogs and dusting-off old cookbooks to plan recipes for the following week.

I’m a lucky girl (or just way too comfortable with acting 40+ years older than my age); it’s Friday night and I’ve got my stack of magazines ready.  Let the party begin!


I hope you enjoy this Hubbard Squash Soup (yes, hubbard squash is my newest friend from the winter squash family).  It’s the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of another weekend.  I suggest pairing it with a white wine, good company, and the latest Food Network Magazine.


Roasted Hubbard Squash Soup
Adapted from Fine Cooking

Ingredients:
5 tbs. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, diced
1/4 tsp. ground coriander seed
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Pinch of smoked paprika, plus more for sprinkling
1 hubbard squash, cut in half and seeded
1 large leek, edges trimmed and cleaned throughouly
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. lemon juice
Croutons, optional

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix together 3 tbs. oil, garlic, coriander, cumin and pinch of paprika.  Place hubbard squash on baking sheet lined with foil.  Spread spice mixture of flesh of squash halves.  Roast under tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes.  Set aside until cool enough to handle.

2.  Heat remaining 2 tbs. olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add the leek, carrots, salt and pepper and cook until leek in softened, about 7-8 minutes.  Scoop out flesh of squash and add to pot.  Add broth and bay leaf and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

3.  Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup using an immersion blender or stand blender.  Add lemon juice and additional salt and pepper, to taste.  Scoop into bowls, sprinkle with paprika and top with croutons.  Serve and enjoy!


~What does your ideal Friday night look like?
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  • yummychunklet

    The soup and croutons sound wonderful right now!

  • Mari

    My ideal Friday night would be when I do not have to bake Saturday's cakes, I'll bake some cookies instead and sleep late after watching a good movie with my family :) The squash soup looks yummy, I would love a bowl this Friday night.

    Have a wonderful weekend ;)

  • Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy

    This soup and croutons looks absolutely delicious!

  • Erica

    Owww i havent tried this kind of squash yet. Yum! We usually do date nights in on fridays too!

  • brocstar

    Traditionally I love movie and home cooked dinner with my man on Friday nights. Typically I spend them reading text books and doing practice problems.

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Um, can my husband and I come over and be 70 with you? This soup looks perfectly cozy for a night in. We have our share of adventures on the town but tonight there's French Onion soup on the stove and the DVR to watch and I couldn't be happier!

  • Joy

    The soup looks wonderful.

  • MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!.

    This soup luks perfectly delicious and refreshing.Luv to try it soon.

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    My ideal Friday night involves dinner and a movie night on the couch. Or a dinner party!

  • sweetlocal

    your recipes are so inspiring! – Karen from Sweet Local Farm

  • camille

    For me, a Friday night can be perfect whether it's staying in and watching the DVR with my husband or going out to the bar with my friends – or a combination of the two, going to see my husband's band play a show! Doing all going-out or all staying-in would get old!

  • Barbara

    My mother used to bake a hubbard squash and mash it like potatoes. Sometimes it was a fabulous dry one and another time it would be wet. Never could figure out how to tell BEFORE buying!
    The soup looks wonderful, is bringing back fall memories! Love those croutons.

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Sounds like a perfect evening to me! Beautiful soup.

  • MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

    Beautiful soup. I am in my 20s and prefer spending my Friday evenings like this too :-) Sounds wonderful!

  • Tasha

    Your Friday night sounds perfectly pleasant to me- is about the company you're with that is the most important. And the soup sounds comforting and delicious.

  • Joanne

    I'm totally on the same page as you! I'd prefer a home-cooked meal to a restaurant meal any day…especially if it's winter squash soup!

  • Heather

    Your Friday night sounds heavenly!

    If I am not working on a Friday, I love to curl up with my husband on the couch and catch up on some TV from the week. Perfect way to relax!

  • Sobha Shyam

    wonderful soup, nice reading about your relaxed friday night..!

  • foodfitnessfrolicking.com

    This looks amazing. How have I not found your blog before now?

  • Ranjani

    My ideal Friday night is pretty close to yours =). In fact, curling up on the couch with a pile of cookbooks is ideal for any day/night. I've been buying some new types of squash at the farmers' market but haven't tried Hubbard yet. Maybe next week…

  • Maria

    We are having a very wet weather here in Sydney at the moment so even though it's spring this soup sounds very tempting and tasty!

  • Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart

    Yum! Soup is perfect for the fall!

  • Junia

    hahahah i almost read "roasted husband" hahahahah. squash soup will make my day right now! this looks delicious and comforting. perfect for this season. :)

  • Meri

    I've never heard of hubbard, but I'll have to put it on my list! There aren't a ton of veggies to be tried in the fall/ winter besides squashes around here!

  • Kirstie @ Musings of a Happy Life

    As a teacher, my Friday nights usually involve me collapsing on the couch after school after taking my dogs for a walk and cuddling with my husband. After a week of chasing 5 year olds around I'm knackered!!

  • Priya

    Love that bowl,so comforting..

  • sally

    Sound like a great Friday night. After a long week of work, it is really nice to relax at home. I'll have to try the The Civil Wars Radio and this yummy looking soup.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I've never seen or heard of that squash before but the soup sounds delicious!

  • Colleen @ What’s Baking in the Barbershop?!

    My idea of a perfect Friday night is similar to yours! I've always been told that I act several years older than my age with many of my habits :) Nothing wrong with that!!

  • Mother Rimmy

    That's sounds like the perfect Friday night to me. I love seeing all these creamy squash soup recipes. I adore squash in any form. Have a good week.

  • tigerfish

    Never tried this squash before. But such soup is a warm welcome for fall/winter.

  • Grace In Full Measure

    Hmmmm, hearty comfort food. And I bet the cumin gave the soup a wonderful twist.

  • Kristina

    I'm with you – I would much rather stay in, cook a leisurely meal and curl up with a movie/book and a glass of wine than go out partying on a Friday night. I think those days are behind me (at the ripe old age of 28). I have no problem living like a grandma. You and I could totally hang.

    Also, love, love love the Civil Wars!

  • The Culinary Chase

    Coriander and cumin are two of my favorite spices…YUM!

  • Fashion Meets Food

    Wow this soup looks so good and with the crouton addition yum!

    xo

  • Therese

    I just tackled a Hubbard squash for the first time, too. So fun!

  • Marialuisa

    I also love to relax at weekends. Tell me, when you made the changes in your blog, and changed to wordpress, do you keep old recipes, let´s say your old blog?, or everything is lost who knows where?.

    • Anonymous

      No, everything from the old blog should have transferred to the new wordpress location. I don’t know how to do it though- that’s why I had a friend help!

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