It’s freaking cold outside!

Butternut Squash & Tomato soupIt is so cold outside…0 degrees…but feels like a balmy 26 below with the wind chill.

Schools are closed…I’ve decided to work from home (because my boss is just that nice!) because I just don’t want to go outside.

Hmmm…dinner…

On a “normal” cold day I would have fun looking at soup recipes in my cookbooks and then happily shop for every last ingredient.

Today I don’t even want to open the door, not to mention actually going to the store – so to the pantry I go!

Vegetable stock – ok, that’s a start.
Do we have the makings for a mirepoix?  Yes!
What other veggies do we have…?
About a 1/3 of a butternut squash
a can of tomatoes
potatoes… scratch the potatoes… save those for a day when I have fennel and leeks

Ok….olive oil for the sauteeing…wait – we have bacon!

This is a nice start but it seems too bland…over to the spice rack…

I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out…too simple…too “tastes like i just threw a bunch of stuff into the pot”…

I was so pleasantly surprised by the end result – complex, layered flavors in a wholesome soup!  Sweet from the carrots and butternut squash, smoky from the bacon and paprika, a slight spice from the Espelette…

Definitely writing this recipe down!

Butternut Squash & Tomato Soup

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