Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
~roughly 24 oz prepackaged butternut squash cubes or a 1.5-2 lb whole squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced (~1 clove)
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small apple, peeled and chopped OR 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2-3 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 teaspoons ground ginger
32 fl oz box chicken or vegetable stock (~4 cups)
salt & pepper to taste
1. Roast the Squash:
–Preheat oven to 400°F.
–Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
If you bought a whole butternut squash:
a. Wash squash.
b. Cut squash in half and remove seeds and stringy bits (you can save the seeds to roast later if you’d like or just toss)
c. On the inside/flesh side of each half of squash, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rub olive oil and s&p into the squash a little, making sure to cover all of the squash.
d. Place on baking sheet inside/flesh side down and place in the oven to roast for 30-40 minutes or until the squash is soft. (you can put the squash in before the oven is preheated)
e. Allow the squash to cool until you can touch it and scoop the flesh out of the squash and into your soup pot and mix.
If you used pre-packaged squash:
a. Place on prepared baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix, so all sides of the squash cubes are coated.
b. Roast for 30 minutes or until the squash cubes are soft and slightly browned. (you can put the squash in the oven before it is preheated)
c. Add roasted squash to your soup pot and mix.
2. While the squash is roasting, chop the rest of the ingredients. Add the olive oil to large soup pot and heat on medium-high. Add garlic, onion, carrots, and if using apple (not applesauce) add apple. Cook until the onion is translucent.
3. Add chicken stock, thyme, ginger, and applesauce if you used that instead of the apple. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, continuing to cook until carrots are soft and your squash is roasted.
4. Once squash is roasted and mixed with the rest of the soup, use either an immersion blender to blend the soup right there in the pot, or divide the soup into batches and use a blender.
5. TASTE! Add salt and pepper as you’d like…I ended up adding probably a teaspoon or so of each.
6. Garnish with toasted almonds and extra fresh thyme. Enjoy!