Sunday, December 18, 2011

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup



 
School is out for the holidays, so we're cozying up with soup and hot chocolate (not at the same time - ick!) and pretending like it's cold outside here in Southern California. 
 Butternut squash always feels like dessert to me. It's sweet, rich, and creamy. This is an effortless and comforting fall/winter soup that doesn't taste nearly as healthy as it is and will make your home smell incredible. If you want to play with your food like I do, you can decorate with creme fraiche in a squeeze bottle.  
 
This soup starts out the same way I cook the squash as a side dish - cubed, tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper, and roasted until tender with golden brown crunchy bits. Feel free to add carrots, other hard squash (delicata, kobacha, sugar pumpkin), and fresh sage to the mix. I threw in some chopped turnips, a shallot, an apple, a couple garlic cloves and a sprig or two of thyme. After simmering with vegetable stock and getting pureed this simple soup is done.

B (4) loved decorating her soup with a smiley face. Okay, I loved decorating mine too.
Happy holidays, my friends! 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed 
1 large turnip, peeled and cubed 
1 apple, peeled and cubed
1 shallot, peeled and cut into large slices 
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme 
1 quart vegetable broth
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place squash, turnip, apple, shallot, garlic and thyme in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Tuck thyme between pieces of vegetable so it doesn't burn. Roast until vegetables are tender and browned, about 35 minutes, tossing once halfway through. 
Transfer vegetables to a large pot set over medium heat. Add vegetable stock and simmer 10 minutes. Blend using an immersion blender or by cooling slightly and carefully transferring to a traditional blender. Grate nutmeg into the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

67 comments:

  1. Well it is real cold here in Utah so this sounds like the perfect soup to warm up to! Love the decoration! Enjoy your break with your kids:)

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  2. A very happy holiday to you and ur family. Luv the soup ..... makes me feel so warm n cozy :)

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  3. Great idea to put the creme in a bottle and decorate the soup!

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  4. Beautiful soup presentation..the creme fraiche in a squeeze bottle is genius! I actually made a similar soup I am going to be posting soon...love silky squash soups so much :)

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  5. Can I come and be your nanny? I have never seen anyone live as beautifully as you do!

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  6. From your photo I just realized that the garnish in a squeeze bottle would be such a great way to get kids into eating healthy soups...looks like fun!

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  7. yum yum yum! i love squash and my baby as well!!! xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  8. This soup looks amazing! I love how you decorated the top on these. Such a fun, personal touch! I am also going to have to make the scones you posted. They look delish!

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  9. I feel so warm and comforting just looking at this soup. I can only image how wonderful it tastes!

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  10. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Decorating the tops is such a brilliant idea to get kids excited about healthy soups! I love your pictures.

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  11. This is so clever! I love the idea of decorating a soup and I'm a big fan of butternut squash soup. First time to your blog and glad I stopped by.

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  12. this looks absolutely delicious! i am so glad i discovered your blog- you have lovely recipes and i love how you and your daughter decorated your soup-so precious! when i was little (and even now) i would always help my mommy cook! such great memories i have, and such lovely ones you will have with your two daughters!

    i love your blog, i am now following it! i can't wait to check back for new recipes. i just posted in my blog about a tory burch giveaway! i hope you can enter :)

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  13. i love the snowflake on the soup...so pretty. happy holidays !

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  14. What beautiful photos! the soup looks divine!

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  15. This looks and sounds incredible! The decorating of the soup will definitely entice my kids to eat more. Great idea!

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  16. This loooks so good! It's cold and dark here today, I might just have to make some!
    XO
    Kristin

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  17. I've been craving this soup ~ I love your addition of the apple and turnip.

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  18. Great post, so inspirational!
    I’m definitely going to have to visit more often.

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  19. This looks delicious - I usually roast my butternut squashes whole but I like the idea of roasting it with the other veg first. Lovely photos.

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  20. This is such a great recipe definately gonna try it
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  21. This soup is absolutely lovely :)

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  22. This looks warm and comforting! I have loaded baked potato soup on the stove right now!

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  23. Your soup is beautiful and so festive with the little snowflake garnish! I'll share some cold weather with you...we have 30 degrees and some snow flurries here in Ohio! :)

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  24. Your recipies are so fabulous! I just realized I should be cutting in cubes! And I love your pictures so much!

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  25. I think I'm gaining weight just by looking at your posts!

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  26. Now this I am MAKING FOR SURE. beautiful, comforting, healthy! I love this and I LOVE the little snowflake detail. too cute

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  27. Oh my goodness that is such a cute idea, love the snowflake:-)

    Happy holidays!!!

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  28. Such a great season for food from October through December. What am I going to cook in January?? The soup looks awesome and yes your right, pretending to feel cold here in SoCal is a good way to put it :)
    Take care...

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  29. Oh my gosh this is so incredible. That snowflake in it just blew my mind. You are so creative. I am totally loaded a bottle with creme fraiche tomorrow. Have no idea what I'm fraiching but I'll think of something. Great recipe my dear. You are so amazing. I want to come for dinner and wear pretty pink dresses.

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  30. i have never added a turnip to my butternut soup. that is brilliant. my mother always added turnips to her vegetable soup and they added a dimension that i had forgotton all about. i will give it a try.

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  31. Turnip in butternut soup- GENIUS I would say! I can only imagine the flavor combo- wish I could try it. Loving the color and the cute little decorations

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  32. WOW what a great looking soup!!

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  33. I totally make this same soup every Christmas eve. Love it.
    Now, mine doesn't look nearly as pretty as yours does. What a great idea!

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  34. I never thought tomdecorate my soup. Cute, and most of all, tasty!

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  35. This looks absolutly delicious, cannot wait to try it with my kiddos. New follower from MBC, stop by and check us out:

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  36. I love butternut squash soup too, perfect for now. I love the snowflake on your bowl. I am definitely going to make that for the family. Your photos of your daughter decorating hers are just fabulous. Love her in the pink!

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  37. This looks great-Love your snowflakes!

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  38. Looks mouth-watering! And I love the snow flake! Too cute :)

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  39. Oh how pretty, what a lovely way to present soup to guests.

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  40. I just found you through BloggyMoms-- what a gorgeous blog! Awesome recipes, and great photos! I'm a new follower!

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  41. Yummy, delicious and just perfect for the winter. Your photographs are just gorgeous too.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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  42. These all look so delicious! I love the idea of decorating the top with creme! Happy Holidays!

    The Style Moodboard

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  43. I just found your blog (through your comment on Red Soles and Red Wine) and am in LOVE with your site. I literally just printed this recipe as my husband is Squash's #1 fan.

    Excited to be your newest follower!

    XO - Marion

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  44. First of all, I want to say this blog looks AMAZING. So many yummy things to look at, and your photos are so stunning.

    -your new follower

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  45. Yum! This looks so good and I love the snowflake on top very chic! xo

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  46. GORGEOUS decoration on the top of that soup! So creative!

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  47. Oh my, what a brilliant and beautiful idea< Marina! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

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  48. Yammy! I'd definitely go and cook this one

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  49. This is so delicious, creative and beautiful!! The lighting in the photo is amazing. What kind of camera do you use if you don't mind me asking?

    I found your blog from bloggymoms. So glad I did!!! You've got amazing recipes.

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  50. Una gran receta luce espectacular,abrazos y feliz navidad muchas bendiciones.

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  51. YUMMY, Marina, YUMMY! Can't wait to try it! Its certainly going on my Favorite Finds of the week! I will share the link friday afternoon with my readers! Wow, looks great! :)
    Cindy
    http://vegetarianmamma.blogspot.com

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  52. Delicious looking soup! I love the snowflake decoration!

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  53. Beautiful. Perfect for the cool weather and holiday season.

    Velva

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  54. a merry christmas food delight!.... looks so yummy and delish!

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  55. This looks sooo good!! I don't believe I've ever had ROASTED butternut squash soup, but I am looking forward to the time I do! Might have to try this one over the holidays with my sister!

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  56. Your blog is completely stunning...mesmerizing really. I have spent forever here looking around, what a job. Practically a Christmas present for me!

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  57. I love squash soups of any kind and butternut is particularly delicious. However, I've never decorated my soup - and I'm loving this idea! So adorable and what an awesome way to dress-up a pureed soup...

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  58. Love your snowflake and your daughter looks adorable in pink! Your blog is always so pretty! Merry Christmas...XoXo

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  59. wonderful, healthy and delicious - I so love the decorations - beautifully creative. have a wonderful Holiday
    mary x

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  60. Delicious and the decoration is clever. Happy Holiday season to you and your family and wishing you all the best in 2012

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  61. This is so gorgeous! That added touch of snowflake makes this so elegant! Thank you for sharing this with us and have a Merry Christmas:)

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  62. Marina. this is stunning!! The snowflake is very festive and makes this soup even more tempting. Pinned & Facebooked :)

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  63. What a amazing talent you have,, very idealistic!!
    I really like your article thanks in sharing this to us.

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  64. Your blog is amazing..Thanks for sharing your recipe..i will try to make it this night..

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  65. Anonymous8:51 PM

    I made the butternut squash soup tonight. Wasn't the best I ever had and probably wont make it again. The veggies had the house smelling SO good while in the oven and I took a small bit of the squash after it came out of the oven. After adding the veggie stock, the flavor completely changed and I didn't care for it. Instead, I'll roast the veggies and mash them to serve as a side dish next time!

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    1. If the flavor of the roasted veggies changed that dramatically after only adding the stock, the issue is the stock you used. I would recommend a milder one next time :)

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