Nutrient-Rich * Vegan * Paleo * Delicious * Beautiful * Easy * Quick
Recipe: Simple Squash Soup
- 1 Qt Homemade Veggie Stock (can use Chicken Stock if that’s what you have)
- 2T Favorite Sauté Fat (Coconut Oil, Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, etc.)
- 1 Organic Carrot, chopped in chunks
- 1 Organic Onion, chopped in chunks
- 2 Organic Celery Stalks, chopped in chunks
- 4 Cups Peeled and Cubed Fresh Squash (Butternut, Acorn and Pumpkin have all been used successfully)
- 1-2t Fresh Thyme
- 1t Sea Salt
- 1/2t Pepper
- Fresh Herbs, Parmesan Cheese, Bacon Crumbles for possible toppers
- Heat fat in a medium saucepan (needs to be able to hold 4 quarts) on medium high heat.
- Sauté onions, carrots, celery and thyme until onions soften.
- Add veggie stock, cubed squash, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until all vegetables are soft.
- Blend in batches in a high quality blender or use an immersion blender in the saucepan to make a very smooth pureed soup.
- Test for seasonings. Add salt and pepper until it has the heat (from the pepper) and the sparkle (from the salt) you desire.
- You can also play with the thickness of the soup by diluting it with additional stock. I often have extra squash, so I just use it all and play with the seasonings and extra stock at the end.
- Top with fresh herbs and/or freshly grated Parmesan cheese and/or a small bacon crumble.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 – 45 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8
I love to serve this soup as a starter for a beautiful autumn/winter dinner party in small tea cups. It’s beautiful color and rich flavor make it a crowd pleaser for all, which is really saying something these days with all the different food choices people make.
At the other end of the continuum from a lovely dinner party with soup in tea cups is my quirky family of four eating dinner on a harried evening. This soup comes through for that as well. My Paleo-ish husband, vegetarian-ish daughter and adventurous-ish son will all eat a big ol’ bowl of this soup after I’ve thrown it together in record time and ask for seconds or thirds. And sometimes the bowls we are using even match.
FYI that this is one of those soups that tastes even better the second day, so making it ahead of time is a BRILLIANT idea! Enjoy.
Looking for other soup recipes? Here are a few:
Easy Peasy Chicken Soup AKA Simple Brothy Goodness
This post is linked to Party Wave Wednesday at HolisticSquid.com!