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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

 

 

There’s nothing more satisfying than a warm bowl of soup on a chilly day. This soup hits the spot every time. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots combine in a sweet and savory blend of soul warming goodness. Topped with homemade sprouted bread croutons and toasted sunflower seeds it’s hearty enough for a meal.  I’ve been making this soup for years and it always taste delicious and gets rave reviews from family and friends.  

 

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use convection if available. 

 

  •  1 large or 2 medium butternut squash (around 8 cups) peel, cut in half, scoop out seeds, and cut into cubes.  Save the seeds and toast them for about 5 minutes and use as toppings
  • 2 mediums sweet potatoes (3 cups) peel and cut into cubes
  • 2 large carrots peel and slice about 1/2 inch thick (1 cup)
  • 1 sweet onion cut into large chunks (1 cup)
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

 

-Spray large baking dish with cooking spray. 

-Spread vegetables in a single layer. 

-Mix olive oil, salt, garlic, and half the oregano in a small bowl. 

-Pour olive oil mixture over vegetables and mix well until well coated 

-Place in preheated oven and bake 1 hour, turning after 30 minutes. If using non-convection you may need to cook longer until vegetables are tender and browned.

-Spoon cooked vegetables into large pot on stove.

- Add 4 cups vegetable broth, remaining Oregano, bring to a boil, reduce, and simmer 10 minutes. This is a thick hearty soup so don’t be tempted to add extra liquid. 

-Puree soup using a  hand held immersion blender. Or let cool a bit and blend in blender a few cups at a time. 

-Spoon into bowls and add salt, pepper and homemade croutons or toasted sunflower seeds.

 

Croutons:

-Cut 4 slices of sprouted grain bread into small cubes. 

-Place in baking dish and spray well with coconut cooking spray or some olive oil. 

-Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix well. 

-Place in oven with vegetables for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes. 

 

This recipe can be easily doubled.  It freezes well so save some for a cold snowy day. 

 

Enjoy!

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