Butternut Squash Soup; doggie family news

Simple Butternut Squash Soup is a lovely, creamy soup with no cream and very little fat. It’s nice to have something a bit lighter this time of year…..

For a casual holiday party (if you live in the frozen north) greet guests with a big mug of piping hot soup, with or without a spoon.

For a more formal holiday dinner serve it at the table in pretty bowls and garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt and some fresh chopped parsley.

My butternut squash was very sweet – thus the addition of Balsamic vinegar. Taste and decide.

Simple Butternut Squash Soup

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 8oz (240gr) butternut squash,  about 3 cups, cubed
  • 2 cups (16oz, 480ml) chicken stock, more for a thinner soup
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped  substitute 2 tsp dried
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of nutmeg

Butternut Squash Soup


  • In medium sauce pan sauté onion in butter until transparent.
  • Add squash, stock, and spices.
  • Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 15 – 20 minutes, until squash is tender.
  • Add parsley.
  • Taste and add vinegar if you like.
  • Purée soup – either with blender or immersion blender.
  • At this point you can add more stock if you prefer a thinner soup.
  • Serve

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I called our friend in the mountains (and our dogs’ breeder) yesterday to wish him a Happy Christmas and catch-up a bit. We haven’t seen him since his birthday party last summer.

Panda, our girls’ great-uncle, died of a heart attack 2 months ago….


He was a lovely, big boy and only 9 yrs old. He knew how to open every door in the house and used to let himself and the other two dogs in and out whenever he felt like it.

His sister, Tippy. sadly is having severe rear hip problems and our friend doesn’t think she’ll be with us much longer..


She’s the matriarch of the pack and the reason our girls didn’t go with us last summer. She and Guapa had disagreements the last time they were together.

So, that would leave him up in the mountains with only 1 dog….



He is, of course a very large dog, and many people would think one very large dog would be enough.

It’s not.

There is a new addition to the house in the mountains…. a Leonburger puppy. It’s not a breed I was familiar with. It is, of course, a giant breed, and very large. They are a burnished brown in color and absolutely gorgeous.

Now, here comes the scary part…..

He’s getting a female Leonburger puppy in the spring. He really has to have 3 big dogs in his house.

Of course, that means he’s going to breed them.

Guess who is always on the top of his list as the best person to get one of his puppies?

I don’t need 3 big dogs in our house.

But they really are pretty….. Leonburger pics


7 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Soup; doggie family news”

  1. I had to look it up. Here it’s classed as a working breed but I’m not sure what kind of work it does besides carting. According to the references. Also according to those, it likes water, so that new pond your neighbor put in? Perhaps a swimming pool in the future.

  2. My sister swears by three dogs per house. If I had a bigger yard, I would….how could you say no to such a beautiful addition and as a puppy he would keep the two big girl on their toes, I means paws 🙂 Merry Christmas Katie!

  3. I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of your dogs with a human for size comparison, but the Leonburgers look even bigger than I imagine yours to be. I’m sorry for all your friend’s losses but puppies will cheer him up!

  4. Wonky, indeed – a beautiful horse but more dog than I need (I think)

    Dan, just what I need – a dog that loves running across muddy fields to swim LOL. At least it’s brown and won’t show the dirt (yeah, right)

    Meredith, bite your tongue…. two is plenty. But puppies are always so tempting…..

    Kate a LOT of fur / a LOT of sweeping.

    Zoomie, the Leonburgers are bigger – although not much bigger than my girls brother. I’ll get comparison photos next summer.

  5. Happy New Year Katie. Your butternut squash soup sounds delicious. Wow, I looked at the Leonburger pictures. What an impressive, huge, and hairy dog. I think I would be content with the two beauties that you already have. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead!

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