Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins
This was inspired by my other butternut squash soup recipe (#402703). The orange flavoring is optional. I use pre-cut, cubed squash when I can find it or frozen squash. You can also use a small fresh butternut squash. (The prep time assumes you are using pre-cut or frozen squash.) I use almond milk in this recipe (I like Almond Breeze) instead of cream or half and half. You can save a little time by roughly chopping the onion and garlic, because the soup will be pureed later. I do chop the ginger rather finely because it is so fibrous, and I don't want lumps in the soup that didn't get pureed.
- 24 ounces peeled and cubed butternut squash (weighed after peeling)
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch dice (I used one that weighed almost a pound before peeling)
- 3 small carrots, sliced
- 1 -2 tablespoon oil
- 1⁄2 large onion, chopped
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
- 4 cups chicken broth (I use organic low-sodium)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg (or more to taste)
- almond milk (I use Almond Breeze unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla)
- fresh ground pepper
- fresh orange juice (optional)
- If you are using a fresh butternut squash, cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Peel it and cut it into 1-inch chunks.
- Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it softens, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger root and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
- While the onions are cooking, peel and dice the sweet potato and carrots.
- Add the cut vegetables and broth; bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook at a gentle boil until the squash is fork-tender, about 20 minutes (but this depends on the size of your squash cubes).
- Puree the soup in several stages in a blender. For safety's sake, since the soup is hot, do not fill the jar more than about 1/4 full each time, and blend on a low speed, covering the lid with an oven mitt. The soup should be completely smooth and a little thicker than heavy cream.
- Rinse your soup pot to remove any small chunks of food and strain it if you like (I do not strain).
- Heat the soup through again and season to taste with cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper and salt.
- Add some almond milk, a little at a time, to give soup a creamier consistency. (Instead of almond milk or Almond Breeze, you could probably use soy or rice milk or half and half).
- Just before serving, add about 2-3 teaspoons fresh orange juice (or to taste) to each bowl, if desired; stir to blend into soup.
- This soup tastes fine when it has been reheated. The soup will thicken as it chills, so you may want to add extra spice right at the start, if you know you will be re-heating some later. You will need extra Almond Breeze to thin it out after it has been refrigerated. I have kept it in the fridge for as long as 4 days and it was fine.
- You can sub pumpkin pie spice for the ground spices listed.
- Because the veggies make the broth very flavorful, you can also use half chicken broth and half water (2 cups of each) with good results.
I changed a few things based on my own preferences and this soup was AMAZING. I roasted halved butternut squash peel down on a cookie sheet at 350 for 25 min. with a smidge of butter rubbed on and a sprinkle of allspice, salt & cinnamon then cooled for about 1/2 hr before cubing. I used 1/2 bag of peeled baby carrots. I cooked the squash, sweetpotato, carrots, onion, and stock in a crock pot on high for 3 hrs then low for 2. I'm pretty sure you could do low for around 6 hrs and it would be perfect. Seasoning at the end was allspice, cinnamon, a tablespoon or so of brown sugar, salt & pepper. I also used coconut milk at the end and a splash of cream. To serve I topped with grated Trader Joes cheddar Gruyere cheese a drop of honey and a sprinkle of allspice to look pretty. I served it with a grilled italian bread sandwich filled with prosciutto and the cheddar Gruyere. My husband put wasabi mayo and smoked mozzarella on his sandwich and surprisingly it was a nice mix of flavors along with the soup. Thanks for the great recipe!