Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I love butternut squash! It’s bright, it’s filling, uncooked and whole it resembles a tower from which I would rule my kingdom. Yes, I would rule a kingdom from a butternut squash tower. Perfectly normal. But enough of my hopes and dreams let’s get down to the recipe!

Butternut Squash can be cooked and eaten in a variety of ways; however, as it is winter and bitterly cold in the great outdoors here’s a delicious soup recipe to keep your vegany bones warm! To cook this soup you will need:

1 Butternut Squash

3 tablespoons of Olive Oil

1/2 a medium onion

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon of basil  and thyme

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne

2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth 

bns ingredients

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. The foil creates less clean up, and I loath doing the dishes, loath! Peel your butternut squash and cut length wise. Once you’ve cut the squash scoop out the seeds and stringy insides, you can throw the insides away or save the seeds to roast as a delicious snack. Cut the onions lengthwise and mince the garlic. Place the squash, onion slices, and garlic in a bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the spices. Use 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat the foil covered baking sheet. Spread the tossed squash (ha!) on the baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes. Once it has cooked it will look similar to this:

cooked bsq

Looks delicious, no? Couldn’t you just eat that beauty right off the baking sheet? Resist the urge and lets turn it in to soup that will stick to your bones all day!

Place the butternut squash in a blender or food processor. Blend until most of the chunks are gone, about 1 minute.  Add the 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth and blend until smooth.

Pour yourself and your freaky vegan kids/friends/aliens a hearty bowl of this delicious soup!

bowl of bns

 

Garnish with thyme sprigs, avocado, or cilantro. I would garnish with avocado, it is a gift from above that I would eat for every meal if I wasn’t scared of turning green. But hey, at least I would look like the Hulk and isn’t that the dream?

**Special note: If you like an extra kick add a little extra cayenne, you won’t be disappointed.**

 

 

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