Take-out Tuesday, September Soup & Squash Croutons

The French Gardener Kitchen has been a little quiet as we are getting ready to move to temporary housing during some construction work in our home. This recipe for a very unique and flavorful soup comes to you from one of my favorite bloggers, Jenna@ The Painted Apron. Enjoy!

The Painted Apron

A double treat’s in store today, a lightened up chowder made with roasted yellow squash and corn, topped with crispy bacon

September soup with squash and corn thepaintedapron.com

AND Parmesan Squash Croutons!

salad with squash croutons

Let’s make the croutons first so we can nibble on them while the soup simmers


All you need is some tempura batter mix, the old fashioned Parmesan cheese in the signature green bottle, or any finely grated Parmesan, and some oil for frying


Dip in batter, coat with Parm, and fry!


Sprinkle with kosher or sea salt

Parmesan squash croutons thepaintedapron.com

Try not to eat them all while you’re making the soup  😋


Roast squash slices on a parchment lined sheet until done, 20 minutes or so at 400

roasted squash

Give it a rough chop


While the squash is roasting, fry bacon until crispy and saute the onion and celery in bacon drippings until soft


Stir in flour making a thick roux, and then add 2 cups of the broth…

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4 thoughts on “Take-out Tuesday, September Soup & Squash Croutons

  1. Color me surprised Johanne, when I saw this, I thought, wait wordpress has gone crazy, this is my post, why is it listed under French Gardner Dishes! Ha! Thank you I am very flattered! Construction is always a challenge, must be big if you are moving out, can’t wait to hear more-

    • You have a “reblog” button on your blog site Jenna so anyone can reblog. I reblogged it on FB too! Hope you get new followers! We had a dishwasher overflow in April and it has taken this long for the ins co to get the project ready. We have to have all 2,000 sq ft of hardwoods replaced on our first floor and a lot of the kitchen will have to come out. Relocated for 1-2 months!!! Not fun. Hoping nothing gets damaged…

      Johanne Lamarche


  2. Love those croutons…not to mention the soup Johanne. I will await construction reports on your home…it’s both exciting and fun to do renovations, but things do get a bit turned upside down. Have a good week, Teresa

    • The croutons are what attracted me to Jenna’s recipe too, Teresa. I am a veteran of renos so hopefully this one will be uneventful and on time! When you find me baking again, you’ll know I’m back home!

      Johanne Lamarche


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