Thursday, January 29, 2015

Butternut, Apple, and Bacon Soup

My husband raved about this soup, even though there is balsamic vinegar in it, and he hates balsamic vinegar. Go figure. I thought it was really good!

Recipe inspired by AmazonAshley's Butternut Balsamic Bacon Soup.

Serves 2, or 2 and a toddler. Next time I will double the recipe!

6 slices of bacon (compliant bacon with no sugar added)
1 T ghee
12 oz of chopped butternut squash (I buy the precut bags at Trader Joe's)
1 apple (I used a Gala apple)
1/2 cup water
1 T cinnamon
1 cup light coconut milk/regular coconut milk thats been stored in the fridge, because you will be using mostly the cream.
2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Cook Bacon in the oven, according to the directions on the back of the package.

While the bacon is in the oven, Peel and chop your apple into small, small cubes. Steam your butternut squash in the bag, by cutting the corner of the bag and microwaving for 5 mins. Then microwave the chopped apple on a microwave save dish for 5 mins as well.

In a soup pot, melt ghee over medium heat. Add steamed butternut squash and apple and cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat. Add the cinnamon and cook for one minute, stirring. Then add the water coconut milk (all the cream you can from the can), and balsamic vinegar, and cook for 5 more minutes. Bring to a simmer. Next puree in batches with an immersion blender, blender, magic bullet, etc. until smooth. Simmer for 10-20 min.

Serve with crumbled bacon, a drizzle of coconut milk, balsamic vinegar, and pomegranate seeds.

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