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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lazy Autumn Butternut Squash Soup

All that separates you from a big bowl of cozy butternut squash soup is fifteen minutes and two ingredients. Yes... t-w-o.

This came together purely by accident. The farmers' markets have been overflowing with beautiful butternut squash lately. I picked some up to make chili and ended up with quite a bit left over. I tossed the remaining squash into a pot, seeds and all, and covered it with vegetable broth. A few minutes later I had a delicious, fat free!, foolproof soup that tasted like it required real effort. Sound too good to be true? I would never lie about something as serious as butternut squash soup.

Butternut squash, roughly diced
Vegetable broth (enough to cover the squash)
* There are no exact measurements. It's very rustic and totally foolproof!

1. Peel the squash and roughly chop into big chunks. Seeds and all!
2. Transfer the squash to a small pot and add just enough broth to almost cover the squash.
3. Gently simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the squash is very soft.
4. Use a fork or a wooded spoon to lightly break up the squash a bit. Season with salt, lots of black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.


  1. Just raw squash peeled, chopped and simmered for 15 min with veggie stock?


    Will try it tonight, I think.

    Do you have a favorite veggie stock brand? I tried the "Emeril's" -- and did not like it. I've also tried some organic veggie buliion cubes, which I also did not like much.

  2. Yes! It's super easy and yummy!

    Just raw butternut squash peeled, chopped, and simmered in enough good quality veggie stock to cover it.

    I use Pacific Natural Foods organic vegetable broth because it only has a handful of ingredients and they are all ones that belong in real stock! The taste is fantastic too. (Here's the link: )

    I you want to add some fresh thyme or another herb that would be delicious too. I added lots of fresh black pepper and some cayenne.

    Let me know how it goes and thanks so much for the comment!


  3. Cool the COOP 2 blocks from my house carries pacific foods stuff -- I'll give that a try. I ended up halloween costume shopping with my 9 yr old tonight, so dinner out and on the run. Tomorrow, the squash goes in the pot!


  4. Kitchen Basics is good brand as well


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