Roasted Squash Soup
Lunch, Appetizer or Side
It’s beginning to feel like Spring is finally in the air… well, at least a little. That being said, it’s still a bit damp and cold over here in Atlantic Canada, not quite time to pack that toque away just yet. Nothing pairs better with brisk, blustery late winter days than a bowl of soup!
Squash soup in particular is easy and super versatile. It’s also very good for you! We keep it very simple, usually just by roasting and blending an entire squash – and adding a little sea salt to taste. You can also add lime juice or coconut milk, curry or savoury spices. The flavour combinations are seriously limitless.
So, let’s get to it. That way, you can make it at home, too!
- A medium sized butternut squash
- A carton of your preferred vegetable stock (or homemade!)
- Seasonings (salt, pepper, etc) to taste
- *Optional: A few cloves of garlic (depends on how garlicky you like it!)
The Steps to Take
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the medium-sized butternut squash in half and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place squash face down. If you’d like roasted garlic in your soup, now is the time to sneak a bulb in under the squash!
Once pre-heated, roast the squash in the oven for about 45 – 60 mins, or until you can insert a knife easily through the squash. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 min.
Using a paring knife, gently peel off the skin and place squash into a blender. Tip: It’s easier to remove the skin while the squash is warm. Add 2 cups of vegetable stock (or more, to reach your desired thickness).
*Optional: Proceed to cut the top off of the bulb of garlic and use a garlic press to squeeze it into the blender.
Blend squash, add salt and pepper to taste. Simple, smooth, delicious! You can consider other additions such as: fresh herbs (dill, cilantro or basil), spice it up with dried red pepper flakes or add your favourite hot sauce.
Serve it up in a soup bowl and enjoy! Each bite feels like a warm hug… nothing better than that!
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