This Butternut Squash Soup is a rich and filling supper for those chilly fall evenings, that the whole family will love!
Good morning friends! I’m so excited to share this butternut squash soup recipe with you today!
This is one of my favorite soups and once fall hits, it’s a staple at our house. It’s so rich and creamy one might assume it’s loaded with butter and heavy cream, but that isn’t the case!
The creaminess comes from the roasted squash, which I’d like to add gives you 2.8 grams of fiber per cup. This is what helps make it so filling, which is another great thing about this recipe. I can have a cup at lunch and it keeps me full for hours! Not to mention it also has great flavor. Roasting the squash really brings out it’s sweetness and the shallot just adds a subtle underlying onion flavor, which isn’t too strong.
I was initially weary of adding maple syrup to a savory soup like this, but don’t let it scare you – it works, trust me! (You trust me, right?) This soup is like being wrapped in a big blanket, warm and comforting! Try it and you can thank me later!
Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 large butternut squash (about 3 lbs), peeled and cut into 1½" pieces
- 3 large shallots, peeled and cut in half
- 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 Tbs. maple syrup (or pancake syrup)
- 1 tsp. cider vinegar
- ⅛ tsp. nutmeg
- croutons for topping, optional
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place cut up squash and shallots in a 9"x13" pan. Drizzle with the oil and stir so all pieces are coated. Sprinkle with the salt and give it another few good stirs to distribute it throughout the veggies.
- Roast for 45 minutes, stirring every 15.
- After 45 minutes, add ½ cup chicken broth. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan and roast for another 5 minutes.
- Place a large dutch oven on your stove. *Do not turn the burner on yet* Add the roasted squash mixture, followed by the remaining 3½ cups chicken broth. With the stove still turned off, use an immersion blender to puree.
- Once you have a smooth mixture, turn the stove on low heat (Make sure the immersion blender is now turned off and away from the stove. You don't want the cord to be anywhere near the open flame!). Add the final ingredients: cider vinegar, nutmeg and syrup. Stir to combine.
- Cook over low heat until mixture is warmed throughout.
- Feel free to top your soup with a few crunchy croutons if you wish!
*Recipe adapted from Cooks Country magazine (October/November 2008 issue)