Soup & Pizza Night

One of my favorite long-day-cold-night meals is a yummy pizza with a hot, fresh vegetable soup. The other night I had two of my sorority sisters over and I made a homemade butternut squash soup and healthy homemade pizza. The butternut squash soup recipe is my mom’s and the pizza combo is one of my personal favorites! Take a look! xx

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Butternut Squash Soup

– 2 tablespoons butter

– 2 leeks, cut and washed

– 1 cup carrots, chopped

– 1/2 onion, chopped

– 1 tablespoon flour

– 4 cups butternut squash (Trader Joe’s has a great pre-cut portion)

– 4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

– 1/4 cup half & half

– salt, pepper & fresh garlic to taste

– *hot sauce if you like things spicy like me

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In a large saucepan, melt the butter and grill the garlic, onions, and carrots until very soft. Covering the saucepan with a lid helps this process along. Add flour and stir well. Add the butternut squash and chicken broth and bring saucepan to a boil; once boiling, turn down heat and let simmer for 20 minutes uncovered. When the squash is soft enough, take off heat and add salt and pepper to taste stirring occasionally. Pour contents into blender when not too hot and blend until contents are completely mixed. Pour back into saucepan to reheat and add cream, stirring until hot enough to serve. *Add hot sauce at this time. Serve in bowls with chopped chives for presentation and extra flavor.

Homemade Veggie Pizza

– Raw pizza dough (Trader Joe’s)

– 1/2 cup flour

– Pizza marinara sauce

– Mozzarella cheese

– Chopped broccoli

– Sun-dried tomatoes

– Artichoke hearts

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Set oven to 425˚F. Let pizza dough sit out for 20 minutes in packaging. Remove from packaging and, with lightly floured hands, kneed dough until easy to work with. Keep adding flour as necessary. Roll out and stretch on a cutting board or very large serving plate. Use a rectangular or circular cookie sheet as a guide, depending on which shape you will use to bake the pizza. Spread dough out according to how thick you want your crust. What I love about homemade pizza is that it can be made according you to your personal taste! Once the pizza is laid out on the baking pan, spread pizza sauce on top. Trader Joe’s has a great jarred pizza sauce that comes in a variety of flavors. Top with as much cheese and toppings as you’d like! We were going for a veggie style so our toppings of choice were sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and broccoli. We are all cheese lovers so we added a little more than necessary. Once topped, place pizza in oven for 10-15 minutes or until crust is browning and cheese is simmering. If you like a doughier pizza, leave the pie in for only 10 minutes but if you like it crispier leave it for the full 15 minutes. Accompany a slice with a bowl of soup and you are ready to go!

For more of my homemade favorites, you can find them on my Instagram: @zoegillespie

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