Butternut Squash Soup

1/4t black pepper

4c butternut squash

1t fennel seeds

2 cloves garlic

2T ghee

1/2 inch fresh ginger

1/2 lime

1/4t salt

4 C water

1/2 c yellow onion

1. Roast the butternut squash in the the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool. The skin will peel off easily with a potato peeler after roasting. When it cools, chop the butternut squash into 1 inch cubes.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a large stock pot. Add diced onions and saute. Chop ginger and garlic, and toss them in the pot when your onions begin to brown. Add salt, pepper and fennel seeds. Continue frying another thirty seconds, taking care not to burn the garlic. Now, add the butternut squash cubes, and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes. Then mash with a potato masher, or puree in a blender. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the finished soup.

4. Serve hot with a hearty hunk of bread!

aubrey bates