Butternut Squash, Proscuitto and Kale Lasagna

This lasagna, rich with garlic cream sauce, salty prosciutto, kale for health and heartiness, and sweet butternut squash is for my friend Daina. 

While I have aspirations of quitting my desk job to become a writer/doula/blogger/scuba instructor/yogi/traveler/(mom/wife)/(writer!)/adventurer – and necessarily also to find 16 more hours in the day, an excellent nanny, and a wealthy benefactor – my pal Daina really is doing “it.”  She’s an artist who I met at my local farmer’s market probably three years ago now, and I fell in love with her art in a way I’ve loved no other.

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Butternut Squash, Pear, Cider and Vanilla Bean Soup

Here’s a creative soup from a great blogger, Orangette.  Her book, A Homemade Life, is a beautiful memoir full of stories and recipes.  Maybe one day I’ll write a book like that…

Butternut squash soup

For now, I’ll make soup.

Oddly pretty, isn't it?

Oddly pretty, isn’t it?

In a large pot, saute the onion, squash and pears in the olive oil until they start to get soft (don’t allow them to brown).

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Add in the broth and salt and allow the mixture to simmer until the vegetables/fruit are thoroughly cooked.

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Blend your soup in a food processor or with an immersion blender.  Stir in the cream and vanilla bean and serve.

Butternut squash, pear, cider and vanilla bean soup

 

Butternut Squash, Pear, Cider and Vanilla Bean Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 butternut squash (approx. 2 lbs); peeled, seeded and cubed
  3. 2 pears, peeled, cored, and cubed
  4. 1 onion, chopped
  5. 1 cup apple cider
  6. 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 cup half-and-half or cream
  9. 1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped of its' seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, saute the onion, squash and pears in the olive oil until they start to get soft (don't allow them to brown).
  2. Add in the broth and salt and allow the mixture to simmer until the vegetables/fruit are thoroughly cooked.
  3. Blend your soup in a food processor or with an immersion blender. Stir in the cream and vanilla bean and serve.
Adapted from Orangette
Adapted from Orangette
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