Sweet & Savory Butternut Squash Soup

When winter time comes around, nothing warms me more than homemade soup. Just having it simmering on the stove warms the house and fills it with inviting, delicious smells. Soup is one of my soul foods and I love to put together combinations of foods that I love and creative different recipes that fulfill different cravings I might be having. Sometimes I will crave a light soup, while other times I will be craving more of a stew like concoction. And, still other times a thick, creamy soup will be just what my body needs.

This healthy soup recipe is light and easy to prepare. It’s naturally sweet ingredients give it a taste and texture that are rich and creamy without the harmful calories and cholesterol. It calls for butternut squash, similar in looks to acorn squash but much tastier.

Ingredients:

  • One butternut squash – cut into quarters
  • Two medium sweet potatoes – cut into one-inch rounds
  • Two whole leeks – washed well and sliced
  • One yellow onion – diced
  • Two medium carrots – diced
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • Two tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • ½ inch slice of fresh ginger – grated
  • Himalayan sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Method:

    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Roast the squash and sweet potato in a roasting pan for 50 to 60 minutes or until they are tender.
  • In a medium sized pan, sauté the onions in the coconut oil until they are translucent. Add the leeks and carrots and sauté until they are all softened (about 15 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and add the garlic and ginger. At this time, season the veggies with the Himalayan sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  • When the butternut squash and sweet potatoes are easy to poke with a fork, they are tender. At this time, remove them from the oven and let them cool a bit so that you can easily peel their skins off.
  • Once they are peeled, add them to the pot with the leeks, carrots, and onions.
    Add the vegetable broth and transfer all of the ingredients to a powerful blender. You can also use a hand mixer if this works well for you. As you blend it all together, the ingredients will be transformed into a wonderful, savory soup.

To add extra flavor and texture, top with fresh cilantro leaves or slices of avocado.

Transfer to serving bowls and enjoy as a standalone meal or appetizer.

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