This creamy soup is easy to put together, and tastes so rich and amazing, you'll think you are at a five star restaurant. This recipe is safe for those on a gluten-free diet, and can be AIP, and low FODMAP friendly (see note below).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peal, de-seed, and dice the butternut squash. In a large bowl (or the soup pot you intend to use later) toss the butternut cubes with the next 7 ingredients (through tarragon). Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for around 30 minutes or until cubes are tender but not toasted on the edges.
While the squash is baking, peal and devein your shrimp. Pat dry, and toss with salt, cayenne, and garlic-infused oil. (You can add a little Italian seasoning here if you like but it is not necessary.) Set aside.
When the squash is nearly done cooking, dice the carrots, and then begin to gently saute them in a large soup pot with some olive oil. Add the sage, basil, and tarragon. Do not burn the herbs. Add the now done squash and stir to combine. The squash should begin to break down.
Pour in the sherry to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Then add the broth and coconut milk. Stir to combine. Add the brown sugar and salt to taste, then simmer for about 10 minutes to meld the flavors.
While your soup is simmering, place your shrimp on the now empty sheet pan, and roast the shrimp for about 5 or 10 minutes, or until they turn pink. Do not over-cook the shrimp.
When the shrimp is done, Toss in the spinach and green onion at the last minute, and stir to wilt. (Don't add the shrimp to the pot. Add them to each person's bowl. That way leftovers can be heated up without overcooking the shrimp. You can heat the shrimp separately.).
NOTE: For AIP, leave off the pepper or substitute a little horseradish on the shrimp. For FODMAP, be aware that butternut is a warning food, and should be eaten sparingly. 1/4 cup of butternut is safe to eat, but as it is "thinned out" with broth and coconut milk in this recipe, you should be safe to eat a cup of soup without difficulty. I have not done the math, so you will have to judge for yourself.