How to make it

  • 1. In a large, heavy pot, heat olive oil and saute leek and garlic, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in broth, beans, squash, and herbs.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, about 20 minutes, until squash is tender and beans are soft.
  • Scoop 1 1/2 cups soup into a blender and puree until smooth. Add a bit more broth if necessary. Stir back into pot.
  • Stir in spinach and cook for 4-5 minutes longer, until greens are wilted.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and, if desired, vermouth.
  • Notes:
  • Note on leeks: Leeks have dirt packed into them tightly. Best way to prep them is to chop as desired for recipe, then plunge them into a big bowl of water and swish to release dirt. Then drain and rinse.
  • Note on beans: The original recipe (OR) called for 3 cups of chickpeas. I used some chickpeas and some white beans. I recommend going with only lighter colored beans for this recipe. If you are using canned beans, rinse them well before cooking with them, as the gas-producing goodies are in the water they are packed in.
  • Note on squash: The only reason this recipe was so fast and easy for me was because I used a 10 oz. bag of frozen butternut squash. I find peeling and chopping butternut squashes to be quite difficult and tend to avoid recipes that ask me to do so. I imagine that a couple of large sweet potatoes (much easier to chop and peel) would work nicely in this recipe if you don't have access to the frozen squash.
  • Note on herbs: OR called for 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary. I didn't have enough, so I used a combo. I think any combo (except fresh basil - go for oregano, marjoram, sage, thyme) would be nice.
  • Note on vermouth: When the stew was done it still seemed to "need something." Vermouth is my go-to ingredient for soups that need perking up, and I like how it turned out. But the recipe would work fine without it.

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  • nemo 12 years ago
    Sounds tasty! I'll save it and try it out soon, i have a squash waiting to be used :) ty
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  • heatherbudapest 13 years ago
    ps, i know it could be interstate, but i just like the 'ial' at the end. and you know, anthropologists just love neologisms...
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  • heatherbudapest 13 years ago
    yummy! i'm excited i get to keep trying your food. interstatial dinner party lives on...
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