Classic Butternut Squash Soup – Whole Foods Market Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

METHOD:

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add carrot, celery and onion. Cook until vegetables have begun to soften and onion turns translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in butternut squash, thyme, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until squash is fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Use an immersion blender to purée soup. Alternatively, let the soup cool slightly and carefully purée in batches in an upright blender.

THREE TWISTS:

Apple, Gorgonzola and Almond Butternut Soup
Stir 1 cup unsweetened applesauce into the puréed soup. Garnish each serving with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, toasted almonds, a few slices of thinly sliced apple and a small sprig of fresh thyme.

Thai-style Butternut Soup
Stir a tablespoon of red curry paste and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger into carrot, celery and onion mixture. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk with broth. Purée soup and garnish each serving with toasted coconut flakes and chopped fresh cilantro.

Southwestern-style Butternut Soup
Add a tablespoon chopped chipotles in adobo sauce to carrot, celery and onion mixture. Garnish soup with crumbled queso fresco, toasted pumpkin seeds and chopped fresh cilantro.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Per Serving: 140 calories (50 from fat), 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 280mg sodium, 20gcarbohydrates, (5 g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 6g protein.

SPECIAL DIETS:

Dairy Free, High Fiber, Sugar Conscious

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