The perfect hearty and delicious Tuscan-inspired butternut squash soup recipe with Italian sausage and mushrooms. A delicious dish on a cold winter day!
I’m feeling a little nostalgic today. About nearly nine years ago around this time, I closed a significant chapter in my life. I had just graduated with my Master’s degree at Cal Poly, defended my thesis on my birthday, accepted a job, and moved to Southern California that same weekend. Let me tell you, it was a whirlwind, but it meant putting my big girl pants on, starting my first career, and following my heart (to my then boyfriend and now hubby) to a new and very different place.
However, I had to do one thing first before taking the enormous leap. I started the next phase by packing my bags and heading on my dream trip to Italy. I adore Italian food and culture, so I decided to go on my first international trip solo. I was a little nervous going alone, but I experienced one of the most exciting and memorable life changing adventures.
When I think about all of the sights, smells and tastes of Italy, I still get goosebumps and cannot wait until I return someday. One of my stops in Italy was in Tuscany, in a small wine and olive region called Foiano Della Chiana. I stayed at a beautiful farmhouse “agriturismo” called Fattoria Santa Vittorira. Tuscany became my home for a few days, and for the first time learned how to enjoy and live in the moment. As I was reflecting on what seems like just yesterday, I found my travel journal with a butternut squash soup recipe that I couldn’t wait to share it with you!