Remember that Pumpkin Soup we made as a test-run for Thanksgiving? Well the time has come to make the real deal. Butternut squash in hand, I have decided to make the soup today (Tuesday) in preparation for Thursdays Thanksgiving meal. Making things in advance really helps the stress level of day-of-event cooking. Making the soup ahead of time allows the flavors to marry a little more, how many times have you heard that the soup was better the next day!
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup:
- 1 Large Butternut Squash
- 4 Small Yellow Onions (or 2 large, I happened to have small)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 Lime
- 6-7 Cups of Vegetable Broth
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon of Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Sage
- 1 Teaspoon White Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/8 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- Heavy Cream (Optional Garnish)
- Pumpkin Seeds (Optional Garnish)
Peel the butternut squash using a good quality vegetable peeler.
Cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds.
Using a sharp knife cut the squash into fairly uniform cubes.
Cut onions and the pepper. Place into roasting pan with the coconut oil. Add the garlic. Squeeze lime over everything.
Place into the oven at 425 degrees. Stir occasionally. A little over an hour, it should be caramelized (as pictured below). Add butter and combine.
Take out of the roasting pan and place into your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Add the vegetable broth cup by cup until you reach desired consistency. Bring to a simmer. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes. Let cool completely and refrigerate until needed.
When you are ready to eat, garnish with heavy cream and roasted pumpkin seeds.
*This can easily be made dairy free by using coconut oil instead of the butter and omitting the heavy cream as a garnish. I used vegetable broth for this soup because my father-in-law is a vegetarian, but chicken broth would be wonderful as well.
Recipe submitted to Monday Mania , check it out for other great recipes from other real food bloggers.
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