Thursday, January 3, 2013

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup.

Hello Foodies! For those of you experiencing the cold winter weather right now, this soup’s for you.  It is full of hearty vegetables, high in antioxidants and is very easy to make. There is no dairy in this soup so it’s great for freezing, yay. This is my go to soup recipe during the week when I want to make something really quick and healthy.  If I have more time I will roast the butternut squash first as it adds a really lovely flavour to the soup. You can also experiment with different spices to make this recipe extra special.  Feel free to add curry powder, ginger, cumin, coriander, etc. If you’re craving some cream, add a dollop of sour cream to your bowl or drizzle plain yogurt over the soup.  Enjoy and keep warm!

Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup




Ingredients
  • 2 leeks, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cubed/sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the leeks and onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute
  3. Add the squash, carrots and spices, and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the stock and bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the veggies are softened.
  5. Take pot off the heat and blend with an immersion blender or work in small batches with a regular blender.  Puree until smooth.
  6. Return pot to heat and stir in the honey. Simmer for another 2 minutes and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

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16 comments:

  1. Mmm, looks like a big bowl of creamy comfort to me! I'd sure love a vat of this any day, any meal at all. You just can't go wrong with the classic winter squash and root vegetable combo.

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  2. I love the burst of spice from the cayenne and flowery quality of the honey to pair with the squash and carrots. Lovely soup, my friend!

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  3. looks so healthy and delicious.. yummy!

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  4. I think I will honestly make this tomorrow afternoon. It's not exactly cold in Los Angeles right now, but certainly colder than it was! Also, I can't ever turn down butternut squash!

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  5. Delicious and extremely comforting!

    Best wishes for 2013!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. Love this! The perfect orange soup to detox from the holidays. :)

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  7. I love soup all the time, especially this time of year. Your photos made this recipe even more inviting. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the blog-visit, too :-)

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  8. The honey sounds great in this soup!

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  9. I love how super veggie-full this is! And the spice from the cayenne must make it extra delicious.

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  10. This looks wonderful and healthy! It is certainly a good winter meal. Very comforting!

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  11. Love these sorts of soups - so delicious, hearty and healthy!

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  12. Super looking soup! Squash works so well in soup - such great flavor. Love the color of this. Good stuff - thanks.

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  13. That soup is so pretty. I just love the colours and I'm sure the flavour is wonderful.

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  14. Perfect for winter. And I love the suggestions for herbs and spices to mix it up a bit. Happy 2013!

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  15. Sounds nice, I will have to make this :)


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