I picked up butternut squash last week with the intention of making homemade squash ravioli, but recovering from a busy work week and a rainy Saturday, I opted for something a little less ambitious to prepare – Butternut Squash Soup. This tasty soup with its hint of cumin warms up the insides on a winter’s day and also makes for a quick, healthy lunch during the week ahead. No roast beef sandwiches for at least three days!
There are a lot of squash soup recipes available online, but I find the taste of most of these sometimes too bland for my liking. In the past I’ve added apple sauce to my soup, though here I’ve chosen to go with apple cider vinegar and carrots instead, for that same subtle sweetness. I also roasted the squash beforehand with oil, cumin, cayenne and fresh thyme, for extra flavour. If you’re like my mom and don’t like cumin you can substitute this with rosemary or sage.
You’ll need a blender or food processor for pureeing the mixture.
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil (for roasting the squash)
4 cups of butternut squash, peeled and seeded, then cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups onions, sliced
1/2 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups of chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Pepper to taste
Sour cream or yogourt for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the squash by peeling, de-seeding and cutting into cubes; mix these together with 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, cumin, cayenne and thyme. Spread out on an oiled baking pan and roast for 12 minutes.
2. In a large stock pot or sauce pan, melt the butter with the remainder of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 6 minutes. Add the chopped carrots and roasted squash and continue heating for 5 minutes, or until the squash is soft. Add the garlic, then stir and heat for an additional minute or two.
3. Add the chicken stock and turn up the heat a little to bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup water, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, then cool for 10 minutes before adding the mixture to the blender or food processor. Puree in small batches and then return everything to the pot and stir.
If you find the soup too thick for your liking (my preference is thick soup), add 1 cup more of the stock, 1/2 cup at a time. Season with salt and pepper and then serve with sour cream or yogourt if desired.
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