October 27, 2015

Homemade Whole30 Butternut Squash Soup {Recipe Files}

Morning, ladies and Happy Tuesday! Today I have a super delicious recipe to share. I must confess, this recipe is kind of a mishmash of two recipes and then I just kind of winged it in the kitchen. I understand this isn't the best example of a recipe, however, it is quite easy and allows the individual to cater to taste. This was inspired by pre-cut butternut squash being on sale at my local grocery store and after I purchased it I researched recipes until I found two I thought were easy enough. Then, I just kind of fiddled and have to admit, I'm pretty proud of the outcome.

Homemade Whole30 Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe adapted from *here* and *here*


Ingredients
1 Butternut Squash [or container of pre-cut squash]
Salt & Pepper
Cinnamon/nutmeg
1/2 - 1 can of Coconut Milk [or cream/half&half if you aren't eating Whole30]
1 - 2 Onion[s]
Any other dried spices you enjoy with butternut squash

Appliances
Cookie Sheet
Skillet
Immersion Blender or Regular Blender
Potato Masher

1] Cut butternut squash in half or place pre-cut diced squash on a cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil and salt over the meaty part of the squash and if using the diced pieces move them around so they are all coated. Roast in the oven at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until tender. If using the diced pieces check them about 25 minutes in and use a spatula to roughly rotate them on the sheet. Depending on the size of your squash, it may take as long as 50 minutes for the halves.

2] While the squash is roasting cut up onion[s]. I prefer strips [because they are easier] but it doesn't matter since they will be pulverized with an immersion blender or a straight blender. When there is about 15 minutes or so left on the squash, add about 1 - 2 TBS of EVOO to a skillet and start to caramelize your onions. When they are done, remove from heat and set aside either in pan or transfer to a plate.

3] Once squash is tender [check with a fork, if it cuts through easily the squash is done], remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. If you want to use an immersion blender read through steps 4 -6, if you would rather use a blender place squash, onions and coconut milk into a blender and skip to step 7.

4] Place squash in a big  pot on the stove and turn it on very low heat. Add some coconut milk [or cream if not eating Paleo/Whole30] and mash with a potato masher.

5] Add caramelized onions.

6] Continue to mash until you  have a smoothish [!] consistency. [I tried to use an immersion blender and it pretty  much was a fail. I didn't have the correct pot size and it was way too much work].

7] I found the immersion blender was a bit cumbersome so I stopped halfway through and  put everything into a blender. Oh my goodness, so much easier. Once everything was combined I added a bit more salt, pepper, cinnamon and coconut milk to thin it to more of a soup consistency. Honestly, this last step is to taste and feel, in my opinion.

8] Put mixture back into a sauce pant to heat thoroughly then enjoy. I sprinkled extra bacon on top of mine and it was a DELICIOUS addition. You could also swirl an extra bit of cream on top to make it look fancy if you want.

I stored the rest in a container and will enjoy it the rest of the week for lunch at work. I know some of the measurements are kind of wonky with my recipe, but I honestly went my feel and taste. Depending on your blender you may need to use a a soup sieve for the proper consistency. We don't have one and personally I thought the blender was enough, but, I am no chef, so if you want to sieve, sieve.

So, what do you think? Have you made butternut squash soup before? Is this too far off?  Feel free to reach out to me with comments or questions. If you try making this soup please let me know :)!

Psdotcom: So many of you commented on the purple potatoes I had to say something here. I had NO idea purple potatoes existed until three years ago when we started watching CHOPPED! If you are interested in them, check by the baby red potatoes in your grocery store.

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44 comments:

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

This turned out amazing! Love the addition of the bacon on top too, yum! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

Ummm this looks so good - I love bacon so you know I wont be skipping that part!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

Yum! My recipe is pretty similar just more spices and a touch of Greek yogurt/ sour cream for that cream taste :)

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

This looks so good! I love butternut squash soup but I've never attempted to make it before!

Michelle said...

I like how you roasted the potatoes first. I also like the how you went with your gut on adding everything. To me, that is what makes a good cook - adding this, adding that, experimenting. Isn't that how all great recipes begin? Love butternut squash soup. Especially in the winter when the squash is at its freshest. Great job Pinky! You can be my "kindred soup spirit." Don't forget, next week's Tuesday Talk is our Cookie Swap, I hope you will be joining us. Have a great Tuesday!

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

i love this soup! i throw everything into my slow cooker and voila! soup in 4hrs. so easy :)

Nadine Lynn said...

I haven't attempted to make butternut squash soup at home yet. I am so pinning this for later, it looks delish!

Ashley Greenwell said...

I’ve never had butternut squash soup but this sounds perfect for fall!

Tai East said...

Looks delish!!! Thanks so much for sharing! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! :-)

Kerri Taylor said...

i love this soup with the coconut milk since i can't have cream. it makes my stomach growl just looking at this!

xoxo cheshire kat

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I've never made butternut squash soup, but it definitely seems like the perfect recipe for fall! I'm so envious that you know how to add things together to make it taste right. My husband can do this, but I have to follow the recipe precisely, which is probably why I'm better at baking!

B @ The Sequin Notebook said...

Yum! This would be a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!

Illegally Blonde said...

This looks so good.

Jess Scott said...

YUM!!! I am definitely trying this!! Thanks for sharing!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Yum, nothing says fall like butternut squash! And you had me at bacon <3

Green Fashionista

JumpingJE said...

I just so happen to be looking for new soup recipes to cope with the rainy days we've had. This is perfect!

Confessions of a Northern Belle said...

Does the soup taste coconut-y from the milk?? Looks delish but I can't stand coconut!

Laura Darling said...

This sounds amazing!I love soup in the chilly weather!!

Katie Elizabeth said...

Mmmm, this looks amazing and so easy, too! And then top it with bacon? Yes please!

Bri @ All Thats Glittered said...

I keep hearing about Whole30! This looks yummy!

Emily said...

Sooo many of my favorite ingredients, I can't imagine a more perfect fall coup for chilly nights! Seems so easy too!
xx, Emily
shell chic'd

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

YUM! This looks so good. I am so looking forward to making soups as the weather is getting colder!

Meg Taylor said...

Butternut squash soup is my absolute favorite this time of year - I really want to try making this recipe.

Erin LFF said...

Looks so tasty! A perfect fall soup :) I got rid of our immersion blender last year because it annoyed me and I could do anything I needed to in the regular blender or food processor haha!

awhite said...

Yum, lady! This looks awesome!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i totally do the same thing with recipes. the other day KC wanted falafel, so i printed off like 4 different recipes and combined them haha. i would totally make this if i could get my hands on the pre cut stuff, how cool i can just use a normal blender! i don't have any fancy blenders so i always thought i couldn't make soup. yum!

Kristen said...

that's my life story....winging it in the kitchen! I've had a craving to make soup lately, so maybe I will try this!!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

I love this time of year strictly for all the soup! I just picked up a butternut squash at our farmer's market this weekend and plan on whipping up a batch soon!

Life with Lolo said...

I think this is what my one leftover can of coconut milk is going to go in to. Yum!!! I just love creamy soups! Did it taste coconutty at all using that instead of regular cream? I only ask because my BF doesn't like coconut and I want to make sure he likes it.

Emily said...

I have to make this! One of my favorite soups and perfect for Fall. Honestly I wing it with most of my reci[es then have to rack my memory to remember exactly how much of everything I used. lol

Jen said...

Oh holy goodness! This looks amazing!

Debbie W. Wilson said...

Looks yummy, and this is the season for it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

I'm not a huge squash fan, but in soup form this may just be delicious!!

Ashley Brickner said...

Yuuuum! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Oooo! This sounds/looks so yummy and it actually seems like something I could pull off! lol

Fairy Princess Jord said...

This looks incredibly delicious! I seriously love butternut squash (but have yet to cook with it myself). I have to try this recipe!

Morgan Gifford said...

Oh yum! I'd never get my husband to eat this...like I literally mention the word vegetable and he cringes...but it looks delicious!
The Rad Wife

Elle Sees said...

this is one of those recipes i've always wanted to make but have never done it. this proves how yummy and actually do-able it is! this turned out SO well!

Lisa Loves John said...

This looks absolutely delicious! And I love the idea of using precut squash... That stuff is tough to deal with! And since I don't have an immersion blender, this blender recipe will work great for me!

Julie @ Just the Joy's said...

I've always wanted to try this type of soup and never heard of a good recipe! So I definitely want to give this a try! I have quite a few squash left over from my garden!

Kait said...

Okay I need to make this! I've been trying to figure out what the heck to do with a butternut squash I got and this is the perfect recipe for me! Yes, it's 80+ here, but I don't care..I need something festive in my life!

Trac~ said...

YUMMY! Thanks for sharing this - I will be trying it for sure! Especially once the weather finally starts cooling off here in Houston! :)

Nikki said...

oh my goodness this sounds AMAZING! I just sent it to Mr. Big Truck and told him we need to try this!