I’m going to keep it simple and short today, as there’s a lot to do to prep for our Thanksgiving dinner later today. I’m always on dessert duty (which I loooove!). This year I’m making pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie. While I love everything Thanksgiving related, dessert is always my favorite part of a meal. What can I say, I have a sweet tooth!
This soup is my attempt to put a new twist on traditional fall soups as part of this month’s Recipe Redux challenge. The use of honeynut squash adds new flavor to your typical butternut squash soup.
The honeynut squash came about when Chef Dan Barber challenged a Cornell University plant breeder, Michael Mazourek, to make butternut squash taste better. They have a nice rich, caramel-y flavor when roasted and are much more flavorful than the butternut variety. You actually don’t have to peel them, similar to delicata squash and they have 3 times the amount of beta-carotene than butternut squash.
This soup would also be great for using up leftover roasted squash from Thanksgiving. You could just sub in the leftover squash, roast the rest of the veggies, and blend it up!
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Honeynut Squash Soup
- 2 honeynut squash, peeled and cubed (or two 12 oz bags of pre-cut butternut squash)
- 2 medium apples, cored and cubed
- 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cardamom
- ¼ cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Toss squash, apples, potatoes, and onion in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread in one layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until fork tender. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Place pumpkin seeds and a few splashes of stock in blender. Blend well. Place roasted veggies, spices, and remaining stock into the blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in yogurt. Serve immediately or heat in a pot on the stove for a hotter temperature soup.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Makes 6-8 bowls of soup.