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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 318kcal
This homemade roasted butternut squash soup is sure to warm your soul. Slightly sweet with flavors of ginger and apple, and topped with optional cinnamon croutons, this is one fall soup recipe that you can't miss!
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Ingredients

For the Soup

  • 1 large butternut squash about 2-3 pounds
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple
  • ½ pound carrots 3 medium
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 head garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt divided
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 6 cups chicken broth homemade or store-bought, divided
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger grated
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Heavy cream for drizzling
  • Homemade cinnamon croutons or plain croutons for garnish

For the Cinnamon Croutons

  • 4 slices white sandwich bread thick-cut like Texas Toast
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground Ancho chili or Aleppo pepper or ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground sea salt

Instructions

For the Soup

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400°F. Spray a large roasting pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, allspice, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
    ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cut off both ends of the squash, peel it, and cut it in half from top to bottom. Scoop out and discard the seeds and strings (much like cleaning a pumpkin). Place the squash, cut side down, on a cutting board and cut into 2-inch thick pieces. Place the squash pieces in the bowl with the olive oil mixture.
    1 large butternut squash
  • Peel and core the apple then cut into ½-inch slices. Add the slices to the squash/olive oil bowl.
    1 Golden Delicious apple
  • Peel and halve the carrots top to bottom (the long way). Cut each section into thirds. Add to the vegetable/oil bowl.
    ½ pound carrots
  • Peel and quarter the shallots. Add them to the vegetable/oil bowl.
    3 shallots
  • Cut the garlic head in half horizontally and add to the vegetable bowl.
    1 head garlic
  • Toss the vegetables with the oil/syrup mixture and arrange the vegetables, in a single layer, onto the prepared roasting pan. Spread the vegetables out and place the garlic cut-side down. Drizzle remaining liquid over the vegetables and roast, at 400°F, for 30 minutes - stir halfway through roasting. If any vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork after 30 minutes, transfer them from the oven to a large bowl and set aside. Bake the remaining vegetables/fruit for another 15 minutes or until they are fragrant, have some color, and are knife tender.
  • Pour 2 cups of broth into the roasting pan and use a wooden spoon to deglaze (scrape up any browned bits). Stir and return the pan to the oven and roast until liquid has been reduced, about another 5 minutes. Remove the roasting pan from the oven and remove the garlic; set aside to cool a bit. Pour the remaining vegetables and any liquid into the bowl with the roasted vegetables.
    6 cups chicken broth
  • Squeeze the cooked garlic from the peels and into the roasted vegetable bowl.
  • Working in 2 batches, purée the vegetables and remaining liquid in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour the puréed vegetables into a large Dutch oven, add the remaining chicken broth, star anise, and grated ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, partially cover the pot and simmer 30 minutes. Season with more salt and black pepper, if needed.
    1 star anise, 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • Remove the star anise.
  • The soup should be smooth, but if needed, it can be pureed in the blender (in batches). *Be careful when puréeing hot soup! It’s easy to burn yourself so be extremely careful.*
  • For serving: Drizzle with heavy cream and olive oil and top with homemade cinnamon croutons, if desired.
    Olive oil for drizzling, Heavy cream for drizzling, Homemade cinnamon croutons or plain croutons for garnish

For the Cinnamon Croutons

  • Center a rack in the oven and heat it to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Remove the crust from the bread and cut it into ½-inch cubes (4 slices across each way).
    4 slices white sandwich bread
  • Place the bread cubes in a medium mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and ground pepper.
    4 teaspoons granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground Ancho chili or Aleppo pepper
  • Pour the melted butter over the cubed bread while tossing gently with a rubber spatula until the bread is evenly coated.
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Sprinkle the buttered cubes with the cinnamon mixture while tossing gently with a rubber spatula until the bread is evenly coated.
  • Place the bread cubes in the center of the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle the bread with the coarse sea salt.
    ¼ teaspoon coarse ground sea salt
  • Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes or until crispy, rotating the pan halfway through.
  • Transfer croutons to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Store the croutons in an airtight container up to 5 days (although I’m sure they won’t last that long).

Notes

  • The vegetables should be fork tender once roasted so that they are easy to blend into a smooth puree.
  • Although a bit of a pain, do make sure to peel the veggies so that you have a nice smooth puree.
  • The soup will keep well refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 2319mg | Potassium: 879mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 19826IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 3mg