Delicious Butternut Squash Soup

Here's another easy, yet scrumptiously delicious soup recipe -- butternut squash soup. I like making this or mushroom soup during winter, which is still a few months away. It also helps quite a bit that butternut squash has fantastic health benefits to you. But we'll talk about that after the recipe.

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 3 cups butternut squash, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 bay leaf (remove prior to serving)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • Water (as needed for thinning soup)
  • 2 cups organic low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, saute onion, shallots, carrots, and bay leaf in butter until softened.

Add the squash, chicken broth and 1/2 cup of water.

Add curry, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 45 minutes or until squash is tender.

In a blender, puree the soup in batches, transferring pureed soup to a clean saucepan. Add enough additional water to thin soup to desired consistency.

Prior to serving, top off each bowl with sour cream and sprinkle chopped green onions as desired.

In terms of health benefits, butternut squash is loaded with vitamins among others. It's a healthy snack for weight loss.  Here's an excerpt from a health source:
One cup of baked butternut squash cubes provides 457 percent of the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, for vitamin A, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Vitamin A is important to vision health, bone growth, cell function, reproduction and a healthy immune system, explains MedlinePlus. Butternut squash is also a source of antioxidants, with 47 percent of the RDA for vitamin C and 13 percent for vitamin E. Eating a cup of butternut squash helps you obtain your RDA for several B vitamins as well, which are important in helping you produce energy. One cup offers 10 percent of the RDA for niacin, thiamine and folate and 13 percent for vitamin B6.

Just a note, adding heavy cream will make the soup creamy. And it tastes delicious.

Butternut Squash Soup