5 small butternut squash, chopped (will fill a 7 quart pot - yes it's a lot!)
6 large carrots, chopped
2 Yellow onions, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted kerrygold butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups whole milk
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
In a large saute pan, combine the olive oil, yellow onion, and garlic. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the chopped carrots, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, and one teaspoon of black pepper, and stir regularly for an additional 10 minutes until soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a large stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat, and add the cubed butternut squash. Cook for 20-25 minutes stirring regularly, until the butternut squash is fork tender, and beginning to mash. Remove from heat.
To the slightly cooled butternut squash (so the milk doesn't curdle), add the onion, garlic, and carrot mixture, along with the whole milk, and additional teaspoon of both kosher salt and black pepper, and the herbs. Stir to combine. In batches, blend into a soup consistency using a blender or a food processor. Return to the stock pot, and stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Serve warm, and enjoy!
This is hands down the best butternut squash soup you will ever have. Seriously. It is simple and fresh, thick and creamy, and the cinnamon and nutmeg give it such a nice warm depth for a fall dish. I first had this soup in Ireland last thanksgiving, and begged the chef to give me her recipe. Knowing that she makes it just by taste alone, she was able to pass along the different ingredients that she uses to a fault, but in what quantities - she wasn't sure. Luckily, I think I finally nailed it! Just a fair warning, this is not a quick meal... It comes together quickly once you start cooking, but there is a lot of chopping involved! A great Sunday afternoon project to feed you for the whole week, and just perfect for this time of year!
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