If I haven't told you, or you haven't figured it out, FALL IS IN THE AIR. I am so happy and so is my electric bill. Although I am pretty sure my roomate may not be when I leave all the windows open, the house fan on, and we wake up to a beautiful and comfortable 58 degrees in my house. I think that is completely acceptable though because if I could, I would live in sweatpants and hoodies. Those are the two most important advances in fashion in the history of man kind. Better than shoes, suits, hats, gloves or anything else you name. The existence alone of hoodies made my life significantly better and brought way more joy to my life; so for that reason, they win. And sweatpants, not the creepy gym teacher kind, but the comfortable, baggy, and non creepy kind are just too good to even have an accurate adjective to describe them. So for that reason, I won't try.
Now if you are still reading, you may be completely confused as to why I was talking about sweatpants and hoodies. In my head, there is definitely a path to where I will connect it with this recipe, but my ADD might take over way before then. Anyways, I think my train of thought was something along the lines of it was freezing in my house, I was comfortably being a scrub lounging around and I wanted something warm and hearty to fill me up after I drank my amazing Spiced Apple Wassail. With that being said, I went to my refrigerator to peek what I had, and then it hit me. I had the worlds most important ingredient,BACON, turned around a saw a butternut squash and proceeded to steal an apple from my roomate to make this happen. Then it happened and voila.
I think I did it. First paragraph was about hoodies and sweatpants, second was about the recipe, and this one is me tying it together. Woot woot I completed a thought without leaving you hanging. I would reach back and pat myself on the back, but it hurts too much after I got the whole thing tattooed the other day. It looks pretty sick though, let me know if you want to see a picture and I will post one up. I lost my thoughts again because in case you didn't realize, tattooes have nothing to do this this recipe but I am going to save it right here. It is also a genius idea. I think that it should be fall year round so I can have an excuse to wear sweats non stop and eat warm foods loaded with bacon. We should make that happen or I should move to a mountain. Neither are going to happen so I will just keep cranking my air conditioning down and pretending it's fall outside. With that being said, I have killed enough of your brain cells this morning so enjoy.
Bacon Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 3 whole carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 pounds raw bacon, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small apple, chopped
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon(taste bud depending, start with 1 and add to taste)
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
- Toss squash and carrots with coconut oil
- Arrange in a baking dish and roast uncovered for 35 minutes or until tender
- In a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside for the soup garnish
- Add the onion and apple to the dutch oven or stock pot and sauté in bacon fat over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes
- Add the roasted butternut squash, carrots, chicken broth, and coconut milk to dutch oven or stock pot and bring to a boil stirring often
- Remove from heat
- Use an immersion blender to blend your soup or working in several small batches, blend soup in food processor or blender until smooth
- Return to dutch oven or stock pot, bring to a simmer and season with salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- Serve soup in large bowls garnished with bacon or you can freeze and save for later. I have frozen mine up to 2 months
**The seasonings are highly dependent on the size of your squash. My squash was huge, at least 2-3 pounds so add your seasonings in batches and taste test along the way so you don't overpower the soup.