Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is another recipe that just seems perfect for Fall. It’s warm and creamy, and such a fun orange color. Serve it with some crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a great meal for a cool evening. As an added bonus it’s healthy, inexpensive, and pretty simple to make.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This version of butternut squash soup is more of a method than a recipe.  Normally I need explicit step by step instructions to feel confident trying something new.  But with this soup, I just sort of followed a general outline of the process. I’ll share what I did in the recipe below, but feel free to adjust it to your tastes and preferences. And trust me, if I can do this, you can too. I’m not a “cook”, I’m a recipe follower. But this soup makes me feel like a cook, and that makes me happy.  :) Basically, pay attention to the size of your squash, and adjust the other ingredients as necessary. You pretty much can’t go wrong – it’s just a matter of personal preference. But any way you  make it, this soup is sure to be a favorite on those cool fall evenings!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

*Note: Mike wasn’t a huge fan of this soup (3.25 rating). I think the idea of a squash soup made him a little nervous. I didn’t mind, more for me! :)

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Butternut Squash Soup

Yield: Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, chopped
1-2 rib of celery, chopped
1-2 carrot, chopped
1 Tbsp butter
1 butternut squash
1 tart green apple, peeled, cored, chopped (squash and apple should be at a 3 to 1 ratio)
4 cups chicken broth (more if you like your soup a little thinner)
Pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper

Directions:

Cut the ends off your butternut squash and cut it in half lengthwise. Place the halves cut-side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast in a 400 degree oven until very soft - about 50 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. Set aside and let cool slightly.

Combine butter, onion, celery, and carrot in large saucepan. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the apple and 2 cups of the broth. Bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until apple is soft.

Scoop the squash out of it's skin and add to the saucepan. Working in smaller batches puree the soup until smooth. Return to the saucepan. Stir in the reserved chicken broth until the soup is the desired consistency. You could also add some milk or cream at this point. Add spices to taste.

Serve warm with crusty bread or toasted croutons.

adapted from Simply Recipes

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