Sunday, November 16, 2008

Beet soup and other good stuff

Believe it or not, it even feels like fall in Arizona. It may still be 80 degrees during the day, but the tree in my front yard is turning red and there is the comforting scent of smoke in the air. The change of seasons has left a yearning in my stomach for good, wholesome fall foods. The other night, I tried out this recipe for Beet Soup from and I think it was delíche.

Beet Soup
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 medium beets (2 pounds without greens), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red apple such as Gala or Braeburn, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces**
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 to 5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
Cook onion in oil in a 5-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add beets and apple and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

Add broth and 4 cups water, then simmer, uncovered, until beets are tender, about 40 minutes. Stir in vinegar and brown sugar.

Purée soup in 3 batches in a blender until very smooth, at least 1 minute per batch (use caution when blending hot liquids), transferring to a large bowl. Return soup to pan, then season with salt and pepper and reheat. If soup is too thick, add enough water to thin to desired consistency.

Serve soup in squash bowls.

Now, the recipe called for roasting and acorn squash and using it as a bowl for the soup. Good idea, right? Well, I guess I got a little carried away with the knife and didn't quite cut it right...I ended up with a big hole in the bottom...

...therefore, my soup went in a ceramic bowl and the acorn squash went on top. Voila! It all goes to the same place, right? I do like the idea of eating your bowl though...***

**Because I didn't have any apples I left that out...It may have been too sweet with the apples for my liking, but maybe I'll try it next time.

**I'm getting a bit perturbed with blogger at the moment because I can't seem to control the anyone else having this problem? Grrr....

On another note, Angelina at Dustpan Alley just posted a beautiful reminder about life that I hope you will take a chance to read.


  1. Mm mm. This sounds yummy! And I just wanted to say thanks for the considerate and very thoughtful comment you left on my blog. Thank you so much for the words of wisdom and encouragement. I really needed that. I'm going to see if our library has that book too.


  2. and surely you had a meal's worth of yummy beet greens left over for the next night...

  3. You crack me up. I have to say, I am always so impressed by those arty pics you see this time of year of beautiful orange soups being served in brilliant heirloom squashes. I am not that cool, however. I'd totally wind up with a hole in the bottom of the squash as well. Hooray for tasty food and artistic intentions!

  4. Jamie- Hope your day is a little brighter today. You have talent, and I know you'll figure out a way to share it with the world and make a living at the same time.

    Granny J- I do love beet's an all around great vegetable.

    Laurel-I'm glad I crack you up with my fabulously flawed culinary skills...all that matters is if its fun (and tastes good), right? O.k. looking good is an added bonus (I am a designer, it would be blasphemy to say otherwise). You, my dear, may not serve your soup in acorn squash bowls, but you make up for that with your other mad kitchen skills and that splendid website of yours! Oh, I feel a plug coming on...


  5. How weird, I was just thinking about edible soup bowls the other day. I like the idea of them but wondered about the practicality.

    Thank you for the kind mention of my post too!

    I love it when the season turns and I start to smell smoke on the air. I'm glad you get that even in Arizona!

  6. I've seen those pumpkin tureens for Halloween in cookbooks, they seem to me most impractical; the soup would go cold and the bowl/tureen would go all floppy!

    I happen to have most of the ingredients for this, though it's a small pumpkin not an acorn squash, so I think I might make it.

  7. Beet soup sounds like home I just can't picture Autumn in Arizona