Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Butternut Squash Soup is the quintessence of comfort food, with its smooth texture and a depth of flavor that comes from the naturally sweet butternut squash. Ideal for any season, this soup can be a warming winter treat or a refreshing summer starter when served chilled.
- 1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cubed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
- 4 cups vegetable stock or water
- 1 cup coconut milk (or cream for a richer soup)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Optional garnishes: roasted pumpkin seeds, a swirl of coconut milk, fresh herbs
- Roast Squash: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss cubed butternut squash with a tablespoon of olive oil and spread it out on a baking sheet. Roast for about 25 minutes or until tender and lightly caramelized.
- Sauté Aromatics: While the squash is roasting, heat the remaining olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, sautéing until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
- Simmer Soup: Add the roasted butternut squash to the pot along with the thyme and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for about 15 minutes to let the flavors meld.
- Blend Soup: Use an immersion blender to purée the soup until smooth. Alternatively, you can carefully transfer the soup to a blender to purée in batches.
- Add Creaminess: Stir in the coconut milk, and continue to heat the soup gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish and Serve: Ladle the soup into bowls, and garnish with a swirl of coconut milk, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs if desired.
Health Benefits of the Butternut Squash Soup:
Butternut squash is a powerhouse of nutrition. It’s high in vitamins A and C, both of which are antioxidants that help boost the immune system. The fiber content promotes digestive health, while the coconut milk adds a touch of healthy fats that are good for heart health.
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