Bread Stuffing {Gluten, Dairy, & Onion Free} & Giveaway from Rudi’s!

IMG_3193One of my favorite holidays is quickly approaching and I am already starting to plan the menu. Last year it was Just Bryan, Penny, and I and I tried my hardest to scale down a “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner, but who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers? I did cut out some of the extra items, and many of the desserts but there are a few things that I just can’t scale down, or not make at all; turkey, my grandmother’s homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potato souffle, green beans, and of course stuffing!

I have always loved stuffing…but not so much when it is in the bird. Stuffing made in a baking dish has both the crunchy and soft textures that I love. Since going gluten-free I have struggled a bit in the stuffing department. I have used pre-packaged mixes and even attempted my own, but mastering the spices, herbs, and meeting both mine and Bryan’s dietary needs is always tricky. Bryan has a whole list of intolerance and allergies in addition to my Celiac, but two of the biggest ones are lactose intolerance and onion allergy. Onion is found is more items than you may think it is. We have recently learned that he can not tolerate honey, high fructose corn syrup, agave, and a few other items as well. These are all in addition to his oral allergy syndrome!

When people learn of all these restrictions the first question that is asked is, “what do you eat?”, and often followed by “oh I could never do that!”. When it comes to either being healthy or being ill all the time, we choose being healthy. Yes, things don’t always go as planned and he will get sick, but thankfully it is not life or death, it is more bloating and uncomfortable. As for what do we eat…a lot. A lot of real foods: meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, etc. We have learned to limit more processed foods to the best of our abilities and make adjustments when needed. Granted it is much easier for him to avoid these items when I am around and able to cook but he does what he can when I am here in NYC.

When I was asked by Rudi’s Gluten Free last week if I would like to be part of a recipe creation project with them using their new Gluten-Free Ciabatta Rolls, I immediately said yes. Rudi’s has yet to disappoint us with their products and they are both gluten & dairy free, and to top it off…ONION Free. I knew right then and there that I would try to make stuffing out of them for Thanksgiving. I did think of making an appetizer with them, but slicing the rolls about 1/4 inch toasting them up and then topping them with a delicious treat but, stuffing kept coming back to me.

The stuffing is pretty simple to make. You can do the first few steps the night before and then assemble and bake the stuffing the next day. It is a traditional bread stuffing (or gravy, however you wish to call it), with carrots and celery in place of the onions, and loaded with flavor!

As I mentioned above, I have made gluten-free stuffing from scratch before, but the ciabatta rolls have hands down the best texture to them for making stuffing. Both Bryan and I agreed on this. He is not 100% gluten-free because he doesn’t have to be, so I value his opinion greatly and take his feedback to heart. For someone who isn’t gluten-free to say that something that is gluten-free is delicious means a lot to me.

The ciabatta rolls are delicious on their on and ready for your family dinner table in about 8-10 minutes, these crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside rolls are a great side dish to any entrée or holiday meal. They are available in two flavors, Plain and in Rosemary Olive Oil, these bake – at – home rolls will make your kitchen smell awesome!

Keep reading below the recipe for your chance to win the same package Rudi’s Sent me and more chances to win on Rudi’s Gluten Free’s Facebook Page!!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Onion-Free Traditional Bread Stuffing

IMG_3201(*please see note to include onions)

  • 1 package of Rudi’s Gluten Free Plain Ciabatta Rolls (sliced and cut into 1/4 inch cubes)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Bells Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Earth Balance Spread (I used the stick version)
  • 1 Cup sliced Celery
  • 1 Cup Diced Carrots
  • 1 – 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock (Homemade if preparing this onion free)
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line a large baking sheet with either aluminum foil pr parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl combine the bread crumbs, olive oil, parsley, oregano, bells seasoning, salt, and pepper, toss well to combine.
  4. Transfer seasoned bread crumbs to the baking sheet and bake for about 10 – 15 minutes checking often, and tossing as needed. Make sure that these cubes do not burn. You want them to be nice and crunchy like a crouton though.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool and transfer to a large bowl.
  6. Reduce oven temp to 350°
  7. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the earth balance, celery and carrots – season as needed with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook vegetables for 5-8 minutes until soft.
  9. Transfer cooked vegetables to bowl with seasoned bread cubes.
  10. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  11. Starting with 1 cup of the stock, slowly add it to the bowl of seasoned bread cubes and stir until seasoned bread cubes or moistened.
  12. Transfer stuffing mixture to the prepared baking dish. Baked covered for 30 minutes, remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

*Note: if you wish to make this with onions, simply add 1/2 cup small diced onion to the celery and carrot mixture and use store bought or homemade stock with onion. IMG_3200GIVEAWAY!

  • Giveaway is open from 8:00 am EST Tuesday November 4th and ends at 11:59 pm EST on Friday November 14th, 2014.
  • Leave a separate comment for each entry to receive the max entries.
  • Giveaway and prize pack open to US residents 18 years and older.
  • Winner will be chosen using
  • Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.

As mentioned above Rudi’s has offered to give one lucky reader the same gift pack that they sent me which includes the following items:

  • One bag of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Rosemary Olive Oil Ciabatta Roll
  • One bag of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Plain Ciabatta Rolls
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Apron
  • John Boos 18-by-12-Inch Reversible Maple Cutting Board
  • Spectrum Organic Mediterranean Olive Oil
  • Spectrum Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Oven Mitt

Ways to Enter – enter by just doing one, or by doing them all, but make sure to leave a separate comment for each one:

Want other ways to win prizes from Rudi’s Gluten Free??

From November 4th-10th, Rudi’s will be celebrating the launch of their new Gluten-Free Ciabatta Rolls through a giveaway on their Facebook page, in which they will be giving away 100 oven mitts every day! To enter visit:


Rudi’s provided me with product to create a recipe using their new cibatta rolls. The recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

Rudi’s Happy Camper Contest and Giveaway!


This giveaway is now closed. Winner was chosen using and the lucky winner was #3 Marnely! Congratulations Marnely – don’t forget to check your e-mail. Thank you to all who entered and stay tuned for more giveaways!

This May, in celebration of National Celiac Awareness Month,  Rudi’s Gluten-Free fans are encouraged to submit a 200-word essay from their child explaining what attending a gluten-free summer camp would mean to them. Based on the essays, 10 lucky kiddos (ages 8-17) will win a week-long gluten-free camp experience, including travel, courtesy of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery. Hurry and get that entry in, the first 250 eligible entries receive a BPA-free Gluten-Free Happy Camper water bottle!

cta-3Click HERE to enter!

I may not have any children but I think this is awesome! I grew up going camping and spending time out doors and loved every minute of it. Can’t wait to go camping again.

Rudi’s is also offering one lucky reader a Camping Package which includes one (1) tent, one (1) camping chair and one (1) mat. This prize package is worth $100.00! Check out the image below…I would be so excited to win this.

Let's Go Camping!Don not forget Click here for $1.00 off coupon for Rudi’s Gluten-Free products.

Entry is simple – just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all who enter!

Giveaway begins on May 8th and ends at 11:59pm on May 23rd. Giveaway prize package is sponsored by Rudi’s Gluten Free and will be mailed directly to the winner from Rudi’s. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Open to U.S. residents.

To receive the maximum number of entries please leave a separate comment for each of the following.

1) Leave a comment below saying why you want to win this prize package – would you keep it and use it? Give it as a gift? (Mandatory)

2) Like Rudi’s Gluten Free on Facebook

3) Tweet about this giveaway and be sure to include @Creatively_GF and @Rudisglutenfree – leave a comment below with the link to your status/post.

4) Share on your Facebook page and be sure to tag @Creative Cooking Gluten Free and @Rudis Gluten Free Bakery – leave a comment below with the link.

5) Pin, Tumble, etc. about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link.

Good luck!!

Soft & Fluffy – Rudi’s Gluten Free Contest & a Giveaway!


This giveaway is now closed – a winner has been chosen using and e-mailed. Thank you to all who entered!

Have you been feeling like you are missing out on something? Have you been feeling like you are missing out on Soft & Fluffy bread? I bet if you were to check your freezer you’ll see that Soft & Fluffy is nowhere to be found…until now! Yep, that is right!

Rudi’s Gluten-Free has launched a new line of softer and fluffier Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads and now needs your help in finding the bread through a Missing Soft & Fluffy $1,000 Reward sweepstakes and Lost & Found Facebook campaign.

To enter to win the $1,000 Reward sweepstakes and Lost & Found Facebook campaign all you detectives out there who stumble across Soft & Fluffy can text “FOUND” to 304-52-RUDIS (be sure to type out all the numbers!). To help spread the word, Rudi’s Gluten-Free fans can share Missing Soft & Fluffy notices on their Facebook wall or download a poster to share in their neighborhood. To prove they’re assisting in the search, fans can share photos on the whereabouts of Soft & Fluffy on Rudi’s facebook page to be entered for that weeks prize! So where is Soft & Fluffy hiding? Is it in the toaster? Your freezer? The grocery store freezer? Weekly prizes include: a Garmin GPS, Nikon CoolPix camera, soft and fluffy bathrobes or a Rudi’s Gluten-Free T-Shirt. Don’t worry, NO detective goes unnoticed, Rudi’s Gluten-Free will show appreciation by awarding everyone with a $2 off coupon good for the new “Soft and Fluffy” Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bread products.

So head on over to their Facebook page for more details, and to see how the other detectives are posting their photos! Don’t forget to give them a like and enter for your chance to win these great prizes. The contest ends on February 8, 2013, so don’t waste anymore time.

But keep reading…there is more, including a giveaway!!

Here is what Doug Radi, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Rudi’s Organic Bakery has to say about the new Soft & Fluffy bread:

“Our gluten-free fans deserve great-tasting, soft and fluffy breads that don’t leave them feeling like they’ve missed out on the good stuff. We’re excited to announce that we used our baking expertise to improve our Rudi’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread recipe so it’s now softer and fluffier. These sweepstakes give our fans a fun way to discover they now have a better choice when they’re looking for bread that tastes, looks and feels like the real thing. Fans can see, taste and feel the difference in the full line of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Sandwich Breads, including Rudi’s Gluten-Free Original, Multigrain, and Cinnamon Raisin. Always free of artificial chemicals, preservatives and GMOs, the revamped recipe was selected as the favorite bread against a top competitor when it came to flavor, aftertaste, texture, appearance and everyday usability. The new Sandwich Breads are quickly become a fan favorite for their yummy taste, longer shelf life, double the fiber content with 2g per serving, and the presence of the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) seal.”



Rudi’s is one of my favorite brands out there! I love their products, the textures, quality, and flavors. I am very excited about the new Soft & Fluffy and can’t wait to go on my own detective journey!

Thanks to Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery, one lucky Creative Cooking Gluten Free reader will win the following prize package which is valued at $100.00!! (You do not have to enter the Rudi’s sweepstakes to enter the following giveaway) Tools for finding soft & fluffy GIVEAWAY


Giveaway is open to United States residents only!

To enter the giveaway please read below. For each entry you must leave a separate comment for each one!

1) Tell me what will you use the new Soft & Fluffy bread for first? (Mandatory)

2) Like Rudi’s Gluten Free on Facebook

3) Follow Rudi’s Gluten Free on Twitter

4) Like Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook

5) Follow Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Twitter

6) Share this post on any social media site and leave a comment below saying you did so with a link.

Best of luck to all who enter!!

Giveaway begins today Saturday January 19, 2013 and will end on 11:59 (EST) on Saturday January 26. Again this is open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by using and will be notified by e-mail. Winner will have 24 hours to respond, if no response is received a new winner will be chosen.

Rudi’s “What’s Under Wraps?” Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed…winner was chosen by and has been notified by e-mail! Thank you to all who entered.

Rudi’s Gluten Free comes out with some fantastic products and they recently just released another one…soft gluten-free tortilla wraps in three delicious flavors. You can get these great wraps in either plain, spinach, or fiesta (see below for more information on each wrap). This is something that so many on a gluten-free diet have been waiting for

There are two giveaways on this post, so be sure to keep reading…

The first giveaway on Rudi’s Gluten Free’s Facebook Page where you can win one of the following prizes. This giveaway ends on August 31st so head on over to their facebook page and enter for your chance to win, then scroll down to check out the next giveaway!


Bella Cucina® 13506 Quesadilla Maker.  ARV $20.
Tiago Light Blue Tortilla Warmer.  ARV $25.
Oxo® V Blade Mandolin.  ARV $40.
Stainless Steel Watering Can.  ARV $50.
Williams-Sonoma® Molcajete.  ARV $50.
Marisol Chip and Dip Set.  ARV $60.
Philips® Fidelio® Docking Speaker.  ARV $130.
Cuisinart® Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker.  ARV $145.
Weber® One-Touch Gold 22 ½ Inch Grill.  ARV $150.
All-Clad® Stainless Steel 7-piece Cooking Tool Set.  ARV $165.
Le Creuset® Dutch Oven.  ARV $240.
Breville® Compact Countertop Oven.  ARV $270.
Margaritaville® Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker.  ARV $350.
Wüsthof® Grand Prix 8-piece Knife Block and Knives Set.  ARV $550.
Brevelle Juice Fountain Duo.  ARV $550.


  • Click to “Like” Rudi’s.
  • Click “Guess & Enter to Win”.
  • Fill out your information on the entry form, guess what’s under wraps (you do not have to get the answer correct to be entered) and click “Submit”. Each daily winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook the following day
  • Click “Log In with Facebook”.
  • Click to get your $2 off coupon for Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas.


Limit one entry per day per person.


This Promotion is open t all legal U.S. residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.


The entry period for this Promotion begins on August 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM MDT and ends on August 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM MDT.

The second giveaway is also courtesy of Rudi’s Gluten Free and one lucky reader will win the following prize package:

1 Brunch Themed gift package including:

  • Stonewall Kitchen Raspberry Jam
  • Nutella
  • Wooden tongs
  • Ceramic serving bowl
  • Spreaders set of 2
  • Placemats (4)
  • Glasses/flutes (set of 2)

Plus all packages will include product coupons & Rudi’s swag!


  • Leave a comment below telling me what you would make with this prize package


Please leave a comment below for each entry above (Max of 4 entries per person)


This Promotion is open t all legal U.S. residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.


The entry period for this Promotion begins on August 15, 2012 and ends on August 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

I myself would love to have won this package – I love brunch! I would definitely make  some breakfast quesadillas with the nutella and jam – with some fresh fruit. Yummm! – So if by some crazy chance you win and decide you don’t want it, I’ll be happy to take this off your hands. Ha ha. Trust me you’ll enjoy these!

Below is the Rudi’s press release

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery What’s Under Wraps Facebook Campaign Rewards Fans with Fun Kitchen Prizes and Yummy Gluten-Free Tortillas
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Facebook fans can guess what’s hidden under the three new flavors of Gluten-Free Tortillas for a chance to win prizes and discover new recipes 
Boulder, Colo. – (Aug. 13 2012) – Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery has a surprise for gluten-free food lovers with its new What’s Under Wraps Facebook campaign. For three weeks starting today, Aug. 13, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Facebook fans can guess what kitchen gizmos are wrapped in the new Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas for a chance to win what’s underneath. Additionally, once fans “like” Rudi’s Gluten-Free on Facebook, they can receive a $2 off coupon to try out the three Gluten-Free Tortilla flavors—Plain, Spinach and Fiesta, and also gain access to new tortilla recipes revealed each day. Rudi’s Gluten-Free was founded on the optimistic idea that you don’t have to give anything up to go gluten-free, so celebrating its new line of Gluten-Free Tortillas makes perfect sense.
Once fans “like” the brand and get access to the $2 off coupon, they can click on the giveaway tab and guess what new prize is wrapped under the scrumptious, new tortillas. Once a fan has submitted a guess, they’re automatically entered to win the daily prizes—no correct guess required. Prizes include a Cuisinart Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker, Bella  Quesadilla Maker, Tiago Tortilla Warmer and a Le Creuset Dutch Oven, and of course, new Rudi’s Gluten-Free Tortillas. Each daily winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook the following day.
To help inspire some added creativity in the kitchen, the What’s Under Wraps Facebook application also includes a daily recipe reveal featuring recipes made with the different flavors of Gluten-Free Tortillas, including recipes like Dessert Nachos, Mini-Mexican Pizzas and Picnic Tortilla Roll-Ups. All recipes were created by Rudi’s Gluten-Free experts to maximize the taste and texture of the new Gluten-Free Tortillas. 
“We take great care and pride in baking delicious gluten-free products that taste and feel like the real thing, and our new campaign is meant to inspire gluten-free fans with cheerful prizes and delectable tortilla recipes,” said Doug Radi, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Rudi’s Organic Bakery. “We hope our daily giveaway will help brighten the day for all of our fans and inspire some fun in the kitchen.
Rudi’s Gluten-Free products are free of artificial ingredients, preservatives and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including the new Gluten-Free Tortillas.  The Tortillas are made with whole grain flours and have a soft, pliable texture, ready to be rolled into a delicious burrito or tasty sandwich wrap. To satisfy everyone in the family, the Tortillas are available in three varieties, each made with simple and wholesome ingredients, including whole grains and 5 grams of fiber per serving. The three flavors include:
  • Plain Tortillas (MSRP - $5.99) - Soft and pliable so they’re perfect for building a simple quesadilla or a loaded chicken burrito.
  • Spinach Tortillas (MSRP - $5.99) – These delicious tortillas are made with gluten-free ingredients moms can feel good about. Their soft and pliable texture make them the perfect wrap for a variety of ingredients, from a chicken Caesar wrap to a morning egg and cheese delight.
  • Fiesta Tortillas (MSRP - $5.99) – Spice up your favorite Mexican meal with these tasty tortillas made with red bell pepper, jalapeno, onion and garlic flavors.
Additional Rudi’s Gluten-Free products include Original, Multigrain and Cinnamon Raisin Breads, Pizza Crust, Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Rolls. All products are available nationally at natural foods stores and select mainstream supermarkets. For more information and to find local availability, visit
About Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc.
Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Inc., has been passionate about baking better breads for families for more than 30 years. Founded and headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Rudi’s Organic Bakery is the only nationally available brand offering a full line of nutritious and delicious, certified organic breads and baked goods. Rudi’s Organic is committed to baking breads using only the best organic ingredients and no artificial additives, preservatives and GMOs. In 2010, Rudi’s Organic leveraged this heritage to create Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery, a line of gluten-free breads and baked goods made with wholesome, all-natural ingredients so that each bite tastes like the real thing. Rudi’s Organic and Rudi’s Gluten-Free products are available nationally at natural foods stores and select mainstream supermarkets. For more information, visit

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Spiced French Toast & Giveaway!

The following recipe is from Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery! Who is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas on their Facebook Page – so head on over and check it out! They are also offering a “Swag Bag” Giveaway filled with great Rudi’s goodies to one lucky winner.

This recipe sounds absolutely delicious and I, myself can’t wait to make it.  If you are looking for a holiday brunch dish – this would be perfect.

Rudi’s Gluten-free Gingerbread Spiced French toast


  • 8 slices of Rudi’s Gluten-free multigrain Bread
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2-3/4 cups of milk or milk alternative
  • 2-3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2-3 tsp Allspice
  • 2-3 tsp powdered ginger
  • Gingerbread men cookies, strawberries, maple syrup, powdered sugar (for garnish!)

GF Gingerbread French Toast is a Rudific way to make a tasty, rudilicious brunch for all to enjoy! Happy Holidays!


1. Combine Eggs, milk, cinnamon, allspice and powdered ginger in a shallow bowl and whisk until well blended

2. Dip slices of bread into shallow bowl until completely saturated

3. Heat oil in a skillet and fry bread on both sides until well browned

4. Sprinkle with fun toppings such as gingerbread men, strawberries, maple syrup and powdered sugar!

Enter for your chance to win an awesome “Swag Bag” from Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery!

Five chances to enter – please leave a separate comment below for each one you complete. Giveaway is open to all who are residing in the contiguous United States. Giveaway ends on Thursday December 22nd at Midnight EST. Good luck to all who enter. Winner will be chosen using and will be notified by e-mail on Friday December 23rd. The winner will have until Monday December 26th to respond – if not another winner will be chosen!

Ways to enter:

1) Mandatory -What is your traditional holiday breakfast/brunch dish?

2) Mandatory – “Like” Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery on Facebook

3) Mandatory – “Follow” Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery on Twitter

4) Optional – “Like” Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Facebook

5) Optional – “Follow” Creative Cooking Gluten Free on Twitter

Butternut Squash Soup & Croutons

I have been wanting to make some butternut squash soup for a while now, but sadly I don’t own a food processor, blender or immersion blender so I put it off. I started thinking about the soup again this past week and was determined to make it, so I thought if I cooked the squash enough I could just mash it, but then it wouldn’t have that smooth creamy texture so I finally went next door and asked my neighbor if she had a blender or food processor I could borrow.  Of course she had one, and why had I not thought of asking her sooner?  Who knows, I’m a bit slow lately.  Being sick for a month has really thrown me for a loop.  I am finally feeling better and getting back into cooking more.  Poor Bryan has been dealing with my half-ass attempts of meals lately, which consisted of mostly “mushy” foods because I couldn’t chew anything.  Even though this soup could be considered another “mushy” meal I refuse to look at it that way because I have been craving it for so long.  To add a little bit of texture to the soup I topped it with some crispy bacon pieces and homemade gluten-free croutons (see recipe below).

Like always, I did some searching online for butternut squash soup recipes just to see what others put in theirs.  I found that many of the recipes were similar to the one that I had floating around in my head so I figured I would just wing it and see how it tasted (maybe not always the best idea). Bryan hasn’t really eaten butternut squash much and has never had butternut squash soup, so to make it more appealing to him I wanted to add a bit of spice to it.  The first time I ever had this soup was in China of all places.  It was amazing.   If you don’t like that much spice you can always start by cutting those ingredients in half at first, taste it and then add accordingly.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)

4 celery stalks – diced

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 medium-large butternut squash (about 3 – 3.5 pounds) – See prep options below

1 large sweet potato (or two small/medium) Peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

3 cups of chicken broth (gluten-free low sodium/organic)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

salt and pepper to taste

1/4-1/2 cup half and half

There are two ways that you can prepare the squash:

1- Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and place flesh side down on a foil lined baking sheet (oiled/sprayed well).  In a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 40-50 minutes.  Once roasted and cooled slightly scoop out flesh and add to soup

2- Peel the squash, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and then chop into one inch cubes.  Cook squash in the soup with out roasting.

The first one is probably a bit easier because the skin of the squash is very touch and can be a pain to peel.  I have a really good peeler so I didn’t have any problems with it.  So it is completely up to you on which method you prefer to use, and you will get great results either way.  The recipe below is for option number two, however if you choose to roast your squash then scoop it out add it after you sauté the celery, garlic add the broth.  You can then go right into pureeing the soup.


Peel and cut your squash and sweet potato and set aside.  Over medium heat in a large sauce pan (or stock pot) add olive oil and celery, cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened.  Add garlic and cook for an additional two minutes.  Next, add squash, sweet potato, half of the spices and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil for 20 minutes.  Lower heat to simmer.

In small batches ladle the soup into a blender (or food processor) and puree until smooth and there are no chunks.  Add the pureed soup back into the pan and repeat until all the soup has been pureed and it is smooth.  Add remaining spices and half and half.  Do Not bring back to a boil, just simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.  Serve warm with your choice of toppings (bacon, croutons, sour cream, spiced pumpkin seeds etc.)

We served ours with crumbled maple bacon bits and some gluten-free multigrain croutons. Croutons are so simple to make, I dont’ know why people buy them. You can make them how ever you wish, plain, garlic, seasoned etc. You should really try to experiment with them at some point.  Great in both soups and salads or to just munch on.

Gluten-Free Croutons

6 pieces of gluten-free bread (I used Rudi’s Multi Grain Bread)

1 clove of garlic minced

3 – 4 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon melted butter


Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. In a bowl combine garlic, oil, butter and salt – set aside.  Cut bread into small chunks and place them on a foil lined baking sheet.  Drizzle the oil, butter and garlic mixture over the bread chunks.  Toss the bread to make sure it is evenly coated.  Bake at 300 for 15-20 minutes, turning once.  Croutons should be a light/medium golden brown.

You can all any seasoning you wish to your croutons and increase the measurements according to the amount of bread you are using.  Other seasoning options include: dried basil, dried oregano, celery seed, pepper, parsley, grated parmesan cheese or whatever you wish.

These can be stored in an air tight container for up to four weeks or frozen for up to six months.

Help Rudi’s “Spread The Bread” “For every dollar coupon downloaded, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery will give a dollar to The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) to help in their efforts to better educate physicians in the diagnosis of celiac disease. There are an estimated 3 million people in the United States suffering from celiac disease, yet only 160,000 are diagnosed.” Get your coupon HERE!