This butternut squash soup recipe is bursting with the fabulous flavor of roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and carrots. What a satisfying and delicious, nutrient-rich soup!
Butternut squash is a bell-shaped gourd with a creamy beige skin. Its fine-grained, dark-orange flesh contains high levels of beta carotene and other nutrients which strengthen the immune system and protect the body from many diseases.
Butternut is a variety of winter squash - one which is harvested when its seeds have fully matured and its skin has become thick. It can be stored in a cool, dry location for up to three months.
This means you can purchase a few of these squash ahead of time, and when you're ready to make this butternut squash soup recipe, your main ingredient will be waiting.
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry sherry or white wine
3 cups chicken stock, homemade preferred (chicken stock recipe)
Pumpkin kernels for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Prepare vegetables for roasting:
- butternut squash
- sweet potato
Peel and cut into 2-inch pieces.
(Be sure to trim off enough of the hard fibrous ends of the parsnips to keep soup smooth.)
3. Drizzle with vegetable oil: In a large baking dish, combine the vegetables and drizzle with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
4. Salt and pepper: Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon each of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss lightly so the vegetables are evenly coated with the oil and seasonings.
5. Cover with aluminum foil: Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
6. Roast: Roast vegetables in oven for 45 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
7. Deglaze: Remove roasted vegetables from the pan and add 1/2 cup dry sherry; stirring with wooden spoon to loosen bits on bottom of pan. Pour this deglazing liquid over the roasted vegetables.
8. Heat: In a Dutch oven, heat chicken stock.
9. Add and simmer: Add the roasted vegetables to the stock and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
10. Purée: Remove from pan from heat. After letting it cool at least 5 minutes, purée with an immersion blender. Keep the blades submerged in the soup to prevent splashing.
(If you decide to purée your soup using a countertop blender, cool the soup at least 10 minutes before beginning. Hold blender lid in place to prevent splashing and process your soup in small batches. Pour the puréed batches into a second pan and heat through before ladling into bowls.)
11. Serve: Ladle into bowls and garnish with a few pumpkin kernels.
According to the National Museum of American History, squash seeds dating back 12,000 years have been found in Ecuadorian caves, making it one of our oldest known crops.
Squash is known to have played an important role in the lives of Native Americans.
Grown together with beans and corn, each plant helped the other two thrive in their growing conditions. When eaten together, their nutrients provided a nutritional balance which helped the tribes survive and thrive.
As you enjoy making and sharing this butternut squash soup recipe, you'll be joining others through the ages who have relied on the delicious nutrition that squash provides.
Embrace the romance of the past hidden within their ingredients...
"From the Victory Garden: American History Told Through Squash." National Museum of American History. Accessed April 28, 2016. http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2011/11/from-the-victory-garden-american-history-told-through-squash.html.
"Fruits & Veggies More Matters Butternut Squash: Nutrition . Selection . Storage - Fruits & Veggies More Matters : Health Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables." Fruits & Veggies More Matters. Accessed April 28, 2016. http://morematters.org/butternut-squash.
Swartzendruber, Kristina. "Enjoy the Taste and Health Benefits of Winter Squash." MSU Extension. Accessed April 28, 2016. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/winter_squash.