Monday, December 22, 2014

Recipe - Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Somehow I had accumulated three organic Butternut squashes from my Farm Fresh to You boxes. I love my weekly CSA boxes, but if I forget to customize, I end up with extra fruit and vegetables in bulk quantities that need to be used or my worm bin residents get to eat them instead. (They are a healthy little bunch!) So when we had friends coming over this weekend, I figured a nice Butternut squash soup would be a fun food to serve up.

This is a vegan soup and it is so easy to make. The hardest part is really peeling and cutting up all the squash, so it is great if you want to put the time in and make a bulk quantity of this soup to share, freeze, or just have on hand to eat over the course of a couple days. I've also found the already peeled and chopped organic Butternut squash at Costco, which can make it SO much easier and faster to whip up one of these soups.

My butternut squashes were on the larger side, so I had a little left over...

The soup comes out nice and thick, but you can really adjust it to make it thinner or thicker depending on how you like it. 

Serves 6

What You Need:
2 Small Butternut squashes or 1 large depending on size
2-3 cloves garlic chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups water with bouillon
4 tsp Better Than bouillon or other bouillon to match the amt. of water used
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 bay leaves
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper (or more depending on taste)

What You Do:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel, de-seed, and chop the Butternut squash into roughly 3/4" squares. Toss with olive oil and chopped garlic (I use a garlic press). Spread squash in baking dish(es) and bake for 30 minutes or until soft. You could roast a little longer if you want a little more "roasted" flavor.

Boil water and add bouillon to make soup base. Add roasted Butternut squash and soup base to blender and blend until smooth. Feel free to add a little more water if it is too thick. Pour mixture back into large saucepan on medium heat and add in all other ingredients, stirring for about 10 minutes or so to adjust flavors.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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