My Favorite Butternut Squash Soup

 

"For comfort in a bowl, ladle up some Butternut Squash Soup."

~ foodnetwork.com

 

 

Butternut squash is a fall favorite and shines brightest when used as a base for a rich, warming soup. It's a type of fall-harvest squash with a sweet, nutty taste. The color signals an abundance of powerhouse nutrients and it's reported to have anti-inflammatory benefits as well. 

The original of this recipe (below) was given to me by a client many years ago and has become a family favorite for Thanksgiving dinner each year. The rest of the time I leave out the dairy and, for the Nutritional E-Cleanse Program, I use a little pure Stevia for the sweetener. The ingredients cook up quickly into a thick, velvety soup that is both sweet and savory with a bit of a kick from the Serrano peppers. Whatever way it's prepared, it is always delicious!


Butternut Squash Soup

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  •  2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 small Serrano peppers, seeded & chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth or "no-chicken" broth
  • 1 1/2 lbs. butternut squash (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup (& more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (optional)

Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and carrots. Cook until soft but not brown, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and chilies and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in stock, cubed squash, parsley, bay leaves, thyme, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low and simmer until the vegetables are very soft, 20-25 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Puree the soup in a blender until very smooth. (Add a little water if the soup is too thick.) Return the soup to the pot and stir in the sour cream. Simmer for 3 minutes. Adjust seasonings, adding sweetener, salt and pepper to taste. Serve and garnish with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Enjoy!

 

Happy, Healthy Living!


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JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.

Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates the 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program with coaching, compassion, and humor.