Our family has been living in a hotel for the past week while we wait to close on our new home.
After just one week you can imagine how much I miss my kitchen. I think I miss smoothies for my kids the most. Or maybe the convenience of a full kitchen when having to pack school lunches every day. No, I miss family dinners around our table the most. So without a closing date in site, we escaped to my parents house this weekend and I eagerly jumped in the kitchen.
24 hours later I have made 3 different soups because nothing conveys the comfort of home like a bowl of soup.
I have shared this Butternut Squash Soup recipe with my Instagram followers but I felt it deserved a spot on the blog as well. A few simple ingredients like apple, onion and sage are blended together with roasted butternut squash and chicken broth and finished with a bit of cream. It doesn’t get any easier or tastier than this.
This soup is all about the toppings in my opinion. We topped ours today with bacon and sour cream but some of my favorites include goat cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds and golden raisins as well.
- Medium-large butternut squash
- 1 Tbls olive oil
- salt/pepper to season squash before roasting
- 2 Tbls butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 sweet/tart apple, peeled & chopped (I've used honey crisp or granny smith)
- 8 sage leaves
- 4-5 c chicken broth
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ⅓ c heavy cream
- bacon crumbles, sour cream, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and/or golden raisins for garnish
- Cut squash in half lengthwise, remove seeds, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place squash cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 1 hour at 425 F.
- Meanwhile, in a large stock pot, melt butter and add apple, onion and sage leaves. Heat and stir over low heat for 10-15 minutes until apples and onions are soft.
- Scoop roasted squash into stock pot and add 4 cups of broth, 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper and ¼ tsp nutmeg. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Add up to an additional cup of broth if needed to reach the right consistency and season to taste.
- Add cream and heat through.
- Top with your favorite toppings, especially crumbled bacon. : )