I don’t often admit this, but I was a picky eater as a child and young adult. For some reason, I did not like soup (I think it was the texture?).
What are the foods you did not like as a kid, that you now enjoy? I’d love to hear about the transition from dislike to like 😀
I created this soup last fall, when I had a surplus of butternut squash on hand. I decided to roast the squash before pureeing to enhance the sweet notes of the squash. By roasting the squash whole, you don’t have to peel it or dice it first!
This soup doubles nicely and can be kept in the freezer in an airtight container (stores up to 2 months), for those busy, cold weeknights!
While this recipe is vegetarian, it can also be made vegan, by omitting the heavy cream. You can substitute the cream for more vegetable broth. 🙂
There are a number of toppings you can add to this soup! My favorites are fried sage, as it adds a deep, earthy flavor and homemade croutons!
- 1 large butternut squash (3 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, quartered
- 5 large garlic cloves
- 1 red bell pepper, quartered
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Croutons, fried sage, pomegranate arils, olive oil, goat cheese (all optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut butternut squash length wise and remove the seeds. Drizzle each half with olive oil. Place the squash flesh side down and roast in the oven for 40 minutes.
- After the squash has roasted for 20 minutes, place the onion, red bell pepper and garlic cloves on the baking pan. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.
- When the squash is tender and the onion, bell pepper and garlic are cooked thru, remove from the oven. Peel the skin off the squash.
- If using a blender, as I did, place the squash, onion, pepper, garlic, vegetable broth, nutmeg, salt and pepper in the blender and puree until smooth. Lastly, add the heavy cream and blend until evenly incorporated.
- Transfer the soup into a pot and heat thru.
- Serve with fried sage, goat cheese, croutons, a drizzle of oil and pomegranate.
- Enjoy 🙂
Note: if using an emersion blender, place the vegetable stock, cream, squash, onions and garlic in a pot. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg, and blend until smooth.
Make this dish? I’d love to see! Tag me @AmandasPlate or using #CreateAmandasPlate