Turkey, Cheese, and Spinach Quesadilla
with butternut squash soup
- Mayonnaise - 1 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Cheese, shredded Swiss - 4 oz + 4 oz (look for pre-shredded to save time; sub any type of cheese)
- Tortillas, fajita-sized flour - 8
- Turkey, roasted and deli-sliced - 6 oz
- Baby spinach - 3 oz
- Yogurt, plain or Greek (opt) - for serving
- Roasted Butternut Squash (ingredients listed separately) - 4 cups
- Stock, any type - 2 cups
- Butternut squash - 1 1/2 lbs, cubed
- Brown sugar - 1 tsp
- Vinegar, balsamic - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
Squash - (Skip if prepped ahead for Monday.) Peel and cube squash. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Roast squash - (Skip if already done for Monday.) Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees. Toss butternut squash with brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Spread butternut squash out onto a sheet pan. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until golden and caramelized. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make mustard-mayo - Combine mayonnaise and mustard. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Cheese (if not pre-shredded) - Grate or thinly slice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
In a saucepan over medium-high heat combine roasted butternut squash and stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat just to keep the soup warm while you make the quesadillas.
Set all of the tortillas out and spread one side of each with mustard-mayo (a very thin layer of dressing is all you need).
Spread half the tortillas out on the hot griddle (saucy-side facing up). Top with the first portion of cheese. Divide sliced turkey and baby spinach between all tortillas. Finish with second portion of cheese.
Place remaining tortillas on top (saucy-side facing down). Cook, flipping halfway through cooking, until tortillas are golden brown and cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes total.
When quesadillas are done, transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly.
Return to soup and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some extra stock or water to thin it out. Taste and season with some more salt or brown sugar, if desired.
Slice quesadillas and serve with soup. If you have some yogurt, you can use it for dipping the quesadilla wedges or stir some into the soup. Enjoy!
Great easy meal. I also pre-heated the broth while the squash was roasting.1 Helpful
I thought the quesadilla would be a little boring, but this ended up being a really tasty comfort meal on a cold day. I subbed in a previous Cooksmarts butternut squash soup recipe that had apple after reading the comments here, and I think that helped add some flavor to the meal overall.0 Helpful
Liked the soup but found the quesadilla a little bland. Used small tortillas and still almost ran out of the mayo & mustard mix, so would make more of that next time and maybe try cheddar cheese.0 Helpful
Yummy, though I feel like some apple or something a bit tart to cut through all the creaminess would be good0 Helpful
To make the soup more flavorful, I roasted the butternut squash in a bit of bacon grease leftover from earlier in the week. I thought the quesadilla complemented the soup well.0 Helpful
Putting together the quesadillas was an easy step up from my usual 'melt cheese on tortilla, eat'0 Helpful
Easy and tasty. Used frozen squash as suggested by previous comments0 Helpful