Butternut Squash Soup

by Gavan on November 13, 2007

Here we go again. Turkey, mash potatoes, gravy, pies, the lot. A good time by all but we’ll pay for it in January (a great time to own a gym with all those new members.) This is a healthy low-fat way to start your meal and will let you have that extra piece of pie.

Butternut squash is a more watery squash and tastes very much like sweet potatoes with a sweet nutty flavor. Typically butter and sugar are
used to make this soup but if you know anything about my cooking these are two items rarely used. I prefer adding chopped apple to sweeten or even carrot as I’ve done today, which also enhances the color of the soup. If you want to vary the flavor you could add 1 tbsp. curry powder as you’re sauteing the onions. I often make this for my clients and alter the flavor by adding the apple, curry, nutmeg or even sweet potatoes or parsnips. Don’t be afraid to play around and see what you come up with.

RECIPE:
Yields 6 cups

4 cups roughly diced & peeled butternut squash
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 carrot-roughly chopped
5 cups low-sodium chicken/vegetable broth
2 tbsp. olive oil
S&P to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Saute the onions on medium heat for 5 mins, no color. Add the chopped garlic and cook for another minute. Add the squash and carrot and continue to cook for 10 mins stirring occasionally. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce to a simmer until vegetables are tender, 30 mins approx. In a blender, puree in batches until smooth and season to taste.

NOTE: Be careful not to overfill the blender as hot liquids expand.

Easy as that. To make it even easier you can purchase already peeled squash and then all you have to do is chop. This is great to make in advance and even freeze if need be.

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