Last year I made butternut squash soup for the first time and I think it changed my life. I’ve always loved pumpkin everything, but hadn’t had much experience cooking with it’s cousin the butternut squash. I couldn’t believe the texture of the soup. It was velvety smooth and creamy even though there was no cream in it at all. In my opinion this soup belongs as the fancy first course opener to an award winning meal, but I also think this soup belongs in a huge mug to be eaten on a couch under a blanket while binge watching a new tv series on Netflix.
I usually always butternut squash soup if I see it on a restaurant menu, but sometimes they are too rich or too sweet for my tastes. I don’t mind creamy soups, but often that cream means extra calories and fat. I’ve seen a lot of recipes that use apple cider or apples and while that sounds delicious it can also mean a soup that is a bit on the sweet side. This butternut squash soup has more of a savory note with the spice blend that is used and all that garlic.
Soup can be healthy if it’s made with lots of vegetables and stock. This soup is pureed with an immersion blender so it is velvety and rich without all the extra calories. I added sweet potato because it compliments the squash and both are in season. Eating seasonally always translates to less expensive, fresher food. Also foods that have the same growing season tend to always compliment each other. This recipes makes a lot of soup so share with your family, your friends or freeze some. You could easily cut the recipe in half if you don’t want to do all that.
Now that I just went on and on about how this soup basically deserves a parade, let’s talk about something else.
Lately the Mr. and I have really been enjoying the Netflix original series, Narcos. Go check it out! It’s all about the beginnings of the DEA and Pablo Escobar in the 1980s. Most of the episodes have taken pace in Colombia or Miami. The scenery alone is incredible, but as you can imagine the storylines are even more thrilling. I am not sure how much is factual, but it’s interesting and the plots are always changing. Netflix delivers when it comes to original series.
If you are looking for me, I am not hiding under a rock. I am simply at home drinking wine and eating this soup under a blanket while watching Narcos. Sorry world, my show’s on.
- 2 large butternut squash, peeled and chopped
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons, unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 7-8 cups vegetable stock
- ⅛ teaspoon each: nutmeg, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and smoked paprika
- salt and cracked pepper to taste
- In a large pot heat the oil and butter over medium-low heat.
- Add onion and garlic. Saute until soft.
- Add squash, sweet potato and spices to onions and garlic.
- Saute for 5 minutes over low heat.
- Add 7 cups of stock and bring to a boil.
- Lower to simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until squash and sweet potatoes are soft.
- Puree using an immersion blender.
- Add additional stock if needed and cook for another 15 minutes so the flavors can marry.
- Garnish with additional paprika and pumpkin seeds if desired.
Do you like sweet or savory soups?
What tv show or series are you currently digging?