This soup tastes like Autumn. It’s made with three fall favorites: butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots (ok, you got me – carrots are an anytime favorite) and warming flavors like nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh ginger. Therefore this = Autumn Soup. 🙂
Butternut squash is a classic fall fruit. Yep, it’s a fruit – not a vegetable in case you were wondering. Makes sense doesn’t it? It’s sweet and nutty and it’s flesh is a beautiful orange color. Combine butternut squash with sweet potatoes and carrots and well, you’ve got an awesome team. Three musketeers? Psh. Try the three buttersweetcarroteers.
Making soup is great because there’s so little to clean up afterward. It’s a one pot meal. This particular butternut squash soup is both sweet and savory. The freshly grated nutmeg adds a nutty, earthy and cinnamon-esque flavor to the dish. The ginger adds a little spiciness and the carrots add plenty of sweetness. It’s a soup with a lot of depth and flavor for not a lot of prep work.
When I cook squash, I typically roast it in the oven. That’s because I like the taste and it also helps the squash keep its shape [see my Indian Roasted Butternut Squash recipe here]. Since we’re making a soup, I use the microwave because I’m not worried about the squash keeping its shape. Rather than painstakingly peeling and chopping the squash – just stab it with a fork instead (in several places) and put the whole thing in the microwave for 5 minutes. If it’s still hard, put it in for another few minutes. Basically, do this until you can easily take the peel off with a knife.
This soup is definitely filling as is, but if you’d like, try topping it off with some crumbled bacon. Bacon adds texture – a nice salty crunch to the soup. Also, bacon is awesome.
- 2 small butternut squash (or 1 large), peeled and chopped
- 6 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups stock (vegetable or chicken broth is fine. I used leftover homemade chicken stock from this recipe), can always add more for a thinner soup
- 1 tbs Coconut Oil
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 inch ginger, chopped
- 1 serrano pepper, chopped
- 2 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- ½ tsp ground Cumin Powder
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
- Stab butternut squash with a fork in several places and then microwave for 5-7 minutes or until you can easily peel and chop the squash.
- Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Add onions and pinch of salt.
- Once the onions turn soft and translucent, add serrano pepper ginger and garlic. After a couple minutes add the spices and let them bloom.
- Add the stock, butternut squash, carrots and sweet potatoes.
- Cook covered for 30-40 minutes or until the veggies are soft.
- Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor.
- Serve with crumbled bacon (optional, but delicious) to make a more protein-packed meal.