This smooth-and-spicy butternut squash soup becomes a quick weeknight dinner when you use packages of peeled and cut squash, sold in the produce aisle of most grocery stores. This soup is a go-to of staple for fall and can be easily adapted to the type of meal you like! It’s easy and healthy, which helps to keep our health resolutions on track.
Butternut squash has a number of health benefits, as it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, is a rich source of dietary fiber and phyto-nutrients. Squash is one of the common vegetables that often recommended by dieticians in the cholesterol controlling and weight-reduction programs. It has more vitamin A than that of in pumpkin. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for optimum eye-sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help the body protected against lung and oral cavity cancers.
Why not try this simple recipe at home today? It's also super convenient, especially on those nights when you leave work too late to make something at home. And did we mention it only takes 15 minutes to prep?
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup diced white onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- 4 cups cubed butternut squash
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup heavy cream (optional)
- Soy Sauce/Tamari
- Toasted Sesame Seeds
- Cooked Brown Rice
- In a pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.
- Add onions and cook until soft, 5-6 minutes. Stir in ginger and cook for 30-60 seconds, just until fragrant. Measure in squash, broth, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until squash is extremely soft.
- Puree soup using an immersion or regular blender. Return to pot (if using regular blender) and add heavy cream (if using).
- Divide soup into two bowls (with rice, if using) and top with a swirl of soy sauce and a sprinkle of cilantro and sesame seeds.