I am such a huge fan of butternut squash.
It’s one of those, ‘I-can’t-believe-how-yum-scrum-a-veggie-straight-from-nature-can-be-all-on-it’s-own‘ foods. Seriously, if you’re one of those “I-don’t-like-veggies” types, do me a favor and go roast up a butternut squash – then let’s talk.
Usually when I make Butternut Squash Soup, I boil it right on the stove for a super quick soup but this time I wanted to really highlight the squash by using as few ingredients as possible. One of the best ways to pull the depth of flavor out butternut squash (or most any veggie for that matter) is to roast it. Certainly this takes a little more time than the ‘stove top boiling method’, but it’s still super easy and well worth the efforts.
While many people like to add cream to their butternut squash soup, I prefer to be pleasantly surprised at this squashes ability to produce a rich, velvety, creamy soup all on it’s own – no assistance needed. It’s really quite impressive.
And considering that I ate my weight in cookies and cheesecake this holiday season, skipping the cream seemed to be the only reasonable way to go.
However, if you wanted to add yet another layer of depth and richness to this soup without traveling down the road of cream and butter, I highly recommend a drizzle of black truffle oil right over the top. It’s rich, decadent, indulgent and absolutely TDF (to die for!!).
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups of chicken stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
Peel, seed and chop butternut squash into a 1-inch dice.
Toss squash and onions with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Pop into a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender and golden brown.
Transfer veggies into a large pot and add in chicken stock. Simmer for about 30 minutes and then allow the soup to cool down a bit.
Pour soup into a blender and blend until you have a nice, smooth soup. Return to pot, gently heat and adjust the seasonings.
Enjoy topped with a tbsp of roasted pumpkin seeds!
Calories: 160; Total Fat: 3.6g; Saturated Fat: 0.5g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 1.1g; Sugars: 6.8g; Protein: 4.4g