Out-of-this-World Butternut Squash Soup

by - Friday, October 22, 2010

It's rare that I have a true moment of brilliance in the kitchen. Most of my dishes come out pretty good or mediocre, but this butternut squash soup was just off the charts.

All last week I was looking around for a good butternut squash soup recipe, but I couldn't find one that really sounded great, so I sort of invented my own.

I pulled my favorite parts from a couple different recipes on Allrecipes.com and then went to town.


Butternut squash
Two potatoes
Baby carrots
Vegetable broth
Pepper to taste

As always, start by chopping all the veggies.

Chopped veggies

Except for the butternut squash. After an incident in college were I almost severed a finger trying to cut a butternut squash, I buy the pre-cut kind. It's more expensive, but having all my fingers attached is worth the extra $1.

Precut butternut squash

Take your chopped veggies and toss them in a frying pan with a little bit of butter for about five to 10 minutes until they start to brown around the edges.

Veggies in frying pan

Then transfer the veggies into a larger pot and pour in the vegetable broth until it just covers the veggies. I ended up using about a can and a half of broth.

Veggie broth

Veggies and broth in pot

At this point, add garlic. I buy minced garlic from a jar and used about three small scoops.

Bring everything to a boil, add some pepper to taste and then reduce the heat and let veggies simmer for about 40 minutes until they are nice and soft.

Veggies simmering
Check out my lid that definitely doesn't go with that pot...

Once your veggies are soft, gently mash them with a fork and transfer the ingredients from the pot to a blender.

Soup in blender

Blend on a medium-high setting until there aren't anymore chunks of vegetable left.

Return soup to the pot, add more pepper to taste.

Then scoop some soup into a bowl and top it with a little dollop of plain Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt is key, it makes the soup so deliciously creamy.

Butternut squash soup topped with Greek yogurt

Honestly, this is probably the best dish I have ever made. The best part was I had a decent amount of leftovers so I've been enjoying it this week.

Next time I make this I will probably double the batch so I have some soup to freeze.

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