This past Monday, a good friend of mine requested a butternut squash soup for the blog.  Luckily, I happened to have 2 of them in my fridge from last week’s CSA.  That, and I like making my friends happy, so it was a win-win!  While I have a serious love for soup, I don’t have a ton of experience with the butternut squash variety so I was pleasantly surprised when this turned out delicious!

This soup is ridiculously simple, but requires about an hour of cooking time (not active time, just put-it-in-the-oven-or-on-the-stove-and-forget-about-it time). If you’re short on time, however, you can cut about 25-30 minutes off the recipe by skipping the roasting of the veggies first, but it will definitely change the flavor.

There are two options for roasting the squash: 1) peel the squash before putting it into the oven, cut in large chunks, roast, and add directly into the soup; or, 2) cut the sqaush in half, roast with skin on, let cool slightly, and scoop out the insides to add directly into the soup.  I went with option #2 (because I was feeling lazy last night :)) and ended up with a good amount of squash skin in the soup, which was totally undetectable once the soup has been pureed.

Butternut Squash & Sage Soup

2 medium (or 1 large) butternut squash, cut in half or peeled & cubed

3-4 medium to large carrots, peeled & chopped roughly

1 medium onion, cut in quarters

1 Tbsp olive oil

salt/pepper to taste

1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

6 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)

~3/4 cup sage, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 Tbsp low-fat sour cream

shredded parmesean/pecorino to top the soup (optional, but great!)

Preheat oven to 425.  Place squash, carrots, and onion into a large roasting pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Roast for ~25 minutes, or until the squash has softened and onions are browned (the squash doesn’t need to be completely soft, as it will be simmered in the soup for 20-30 minutes and will continue to cook). Remove the vegetables from the oven and let cool slightly.

When the veggies are almost done roasting, bring your broth to a boil and add the sage, bay leaf, and garlic.  Add the roasted veggies to the broth and let simmer 20-25 minutes.  After 20-25 minutes, check that the squash and other veggies are cooked through completely (if you are skipping the roasting step, you may need to simmer 30-35 minutes total). Once all veggies are soft, remove from heat and let cool about 1 minute.  Add the cheddar and sour cream.  Puree all ingredients together with an immersion blender or standard blender until smooth. Serve topped with shredded parmesean or pecorino and enjoy!

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