Friday, August 5, 2011

butternut squash soup...

It seems a bit early in the season to be thinking about butternut squash, but I got several in a Bountiful Basket so I had to figure out how to use them up.

I had never eaten butternut squash before, but I love it!  And this soup was delish.

Each golden bite tastes like a fresh veggie garden. 
And it freezes beautifully, too, so you can enjoy that fresh-from-the-garden taste later on when we're in the depths of winter.

Butternut Squash Soup
(adapted from SkinnyTaste & Our Best Bites)

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 a large onion, chopped
1 large stalk of celery, chopped
14 baby carrots, chopped (or 1 large carrot)
1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 32 oz. carton fat-free chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried sage
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add onion, celery, and carrot.  Saute until onion becomes translucent.  Add butternut, zucchini, broth, and spices.  (Be generous with the pepper for a little extra kick.  Or add a splash of Tabasco for some spice.)  Stir to combine and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from heat and blend using an immersion stick blender.  (Or pour into a regular blender, but be careful--it's hot!)  Top with parmesan cheese, croutons, parsley, or a drizzle of cream and serve.

P.S. If you need another butternut squash option, try Ina Garten's Carmelized Butternut Squash recipe.  It's like vegetable candy!


  1. crazy woman, its much to hot for soup! lol, well at least here it is!

  2. Don't worry...I made it on a dark, wet, stormy day. :)

  3. I've never made a butternut squash soup!!! Actually, before feeding Tucker, I'm not sure when I've tasted squash!!! But, T seems to like it, so maybe I should try the soup, especially this fall! :)
    Oh, and your blog looks adorable!!! I love the blue background, and your header, too!


  4. totally made it; totally loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Here's a wonderful cauliflower soup you might like:


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