This aromatic soup is delicious and is great if you are in college. Here’s why. Once upon a time, when I was studying my undergraduate degree, my favorite food to pack was soups.
That’s because I was always studying in the library. However, the library had a strict no eating policy. One could drink in the library though. So what I would do is heat my soup and sip and eat while studying. I was so sneaky.
I love to incorporate as many greens into my meals as much as possible. In this recipe, I add nutritious spinach and aromatic herbs like oregano, parsley, and mint.
Let me tell you, butternut squash is so nutty and delicious. I am loving it lately. I know it’s not fall yet, but I can’t wait. Honestly, I never grew up eating it. It’s a new love affair.
Let’s make this soup! And don’t forget –The longer it sits, the better it gets–that’s what I always say.
- 1 1/2 lb. ground chicken can substitute for ground turkey
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried mint
- 1 handful freshly chopped parsley
- salt and pepper
- 3 cups fresh butternut square, cut into large cubes
- 1/2 package thawed frozen spinach and juiced sueezed out.
- 1 lemon
- red pepper flakes
1.) In a large mixing bowl, add the ground chicken and all the spices. Mix until well incorporated.
2.) Take a teaspoon to help measure out the size of the meatballs, then form the mixture by rolling it in between the two palms of your hands creating a ball.
3.) In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and all the tiny meatballs. Cook until they start to brown.
4.) Add the butternut squash, spinach, salt, and pepper and enough water to cover all the ingredients.
5.) cook for 45 minutes or until the butternut squash is nice and tender.
Squeeze fresh lemon into the soup before serving. I would not skip this step. Serve as a main dish or appetizer.
Sometimes frozen spinach can be long and stringy. Try to squeeze out all the liquid from the spinach, then chop to make sure the spinach results in relatively small pieces.
Do you need a dessert recipe? Try my Rustic French Apple Tart.
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