Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

I’m posting this soup today not just because it’s delicious and easy and I want to share it with you, but because I owe my mom the recipe.  A few visits ago, she and I made a double batch and we froze it up for her work lunches. She asked me to make more when we were visiting a few weeks ago and I never got around to it. Sorry mom. Here’s the recipe – wish we could whip it up together.

butternut squash and ginger soup

Cutting the peel from the butternut squash is the most challenging part of making this soup. The trick to peeling these big, awkward squashes is to cut the top and bottom ends off, so they sit flat on your cutting board. Then, with a sharp knife, start from the top of the squash and cut the peel off top to bottom along the squash’s contour (watch your fingers!). Then slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (I find a grapefruit spoon works well for scooping). Once that’s done, the rest is easy.

IMG_7001.JPGFor so few ingredients, you may be surprised at this soup’s depth of flavor. Fresh ginger adds sweetness and spice, nutmeg exhales a soft creamy scent, and sweet potato feels velvety smooth in your mouth.

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Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup
 
This amount of ginger will add a subtle flavor - feel free to increase it if you really love ginger or want the soup to have a bit more kick.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut in to ½ inch chunks
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut in to 1½ inch chunks
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut in to 1½ inch chunks (no need to peel)
  • 4 large cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3" piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • ⅛ tsp. nutmeg, preferably freshly grated whole nutmeg on a microplane
  • ½ to 1 tsp salt
  • ½ to 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • creme fraiche or sour cream and pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions, and a pinch of salt. Cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add squash, sweet potato, garlic, and broth to onion mixture and stir. Bring to boil. After 15 minutes, add ginger and stir. Cook 5 to 10 minutes more, or until the squash and sweet potato are tender.
  3. Time to puree the soup. If you have an immersion blender with a stainless steel shaft, you can puree the soup right away in the pot. If you're using a stand blender, wait until the soup cools a bit and then puree it in batches. Add nutmeg, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with a swirl of creme fraiche or sour cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.
  5. Makes 6-8 servings
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Comments

  1. Toni says

    Pix of the soup are wonderful…..wish I could dip into a bowl from my desktop…..

    Til Next Time……….surely you’ll enjoy the rest of week family…Ya better hide the Sees Candy in the freezer….ask Mary if I’m correct.

    Talk to You Soon…….Hugs

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