Basic Butternut Squash Soup

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on October 31, 2011

You know when things start to crash and burn and you think they can’t possibly get any worse?  It’s hard to focus on anything else or to get other things that need doing done.  And then all of a sudden things turn around, everything that went wrong gets fixed, progress is made and it feels like a weight is lifted?  That is so me right now.  So many things with the blog have gone wrong this weekend, but it’s all looking up now.  I’m feeling 100% about it again and I’m so glad to have all of you still with me as I had a bit of a heart attack when I realized I could have lost a fair percentage of my dear readers, and really this place would be nothing without you 🙁

Moving on… I’m so excited to go full steam ahead again.  I’m cooking more and more now as I’m getting closer to 5 months along.  Only just over 2 weeks till I’m half way there!  I have a few things in store for you for the next week or so mostly including winter squash but also some other things, steel cut oats and quinoa… And I’ll admit that there’s something involving pumpkin… But that’s all I’m telling for now!  Stay tuned 😀

If you’re looking for a basic recipe to get creative with, this is it.  Or if you just like your soup plain, simple and delicious, like I do, you will love this.  I served mine alongside some of this brown bread which I made exactly how she described, except I only made half and ended up baking it about 40 minutes.  It was perfect while still warm with butter melted over top and then dipped in soup, and a half loaf was just the perfect amount.

If you want to add a bit of protein, try this great looking butternut squash and chicken soup. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Simple Butternut Squash Soup

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large stalk celery
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 medium starchy potatoes, such as russet
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • Water or stock just to cover the veggies, approximately 4 cups
  • salt and pepper to taste, plus any optional herbs, spices or flavorings

Prepare all veggies by washing or peeling as needed, removing any bad spots and removing the seeds from the squash.  Be careful while peeling the squash and use a large and very sharp knife for cutting as they can be rather difficult.  Roughly chop the veggies and place in a large pot and cover with water or your favorite vegetable or chicken stock.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer and cook until all the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.  Once all the veggies are tender blend with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender or food processor an blend until completely smooth.  Transfer the soup back to the pot and season as desired, being sure to use enough salt as the potatoes in the recipe absorb a lot of it and all the different flavors will really come out once you use just enough salt.

Optionally, you can add so many different flavors to this simple soup.  Some curry powder will taste delicious, as will a little bit of roasted garlic.  The flavor of the soup is very mild so many different flavors will work well.  Also, if you have more veggies than the recipe calls for, feel free to add them.  More carrots, celery, or a larger than average squash will work just fine, even using a large onion instead of a small one will work just fine if you’ll enjoy a little more onion flavor.  Just be aware of how different vegetables will change the flavor, adding much more celery will give your soup a very noticeable celery taste and much more carrots may make your soup sweeter than usual so adjust ingredients with that in mind.  This recipe is just how we like it best, served alongside some buttery toast 🙂

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I hope everyone has a fantastic(and safe!) evening!

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1 John Chion July 29, 2013 at 14:14

I tried it and i am not sure if i got the exact taste. But everyone in the house loved it.

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2 Amy @ Gastronome Tart November 3, 2011 at 09:17

I’m always looking for great butternut squash recipes. This looks absolutely delicious!

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3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 1, 2011 at 18:52

Your soup looks lovely!

I hope you and your kids had a wonderful Halloween!

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4 surlykitchen November 1, 2011 at 16:27

i love, love, love butternut squash soup. i’ve never added potato, i usually add an apple for a hint of sweetness. looks good

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5 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 2, 2011 at 09:26

Mmm, I’ve seen people adding apple but I’ve never tried it. It sounds delicious. The potato makes it seem really creamy to me, it’s really yummy 🙂

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6 Sonia The Healthy Foodie November 1, 2011 at 10:28

I’ve yet to make a butternut squash soup. I’ve never tried that yet. Admittedly, I didn’t eat anything squash for the longest time. Now, I can hardly go a week without eating squash when they’re in season. With so many possibilities to choose from, I keep pushing the soup back. But I’m going to have to give in soon. I need this. It’s calling my name!

Glad things are working good with your blog now. I so hate it when technologie fails me. What went wrong, exactly, if you don’t mind my asking?

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7 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 2, 2011 at 09:36

Oooh, yes, try it! You wont be disappointed. And on a plus side if you have a bowl or two and then don’t want anymore just stick it in the freezer because it’s just as good when it comes out of the freezer 🙂

Oh, I know, it can be so frustrating. I don’t mind at all, actually it’s kind of nice to be able to talk about blog stuff with someone else. It was actually mostly just my own mistakes catching up with me. I made a mistake setting up ads on my site since I switched to a new network and my site wouldn’t load for a lot of the weekend 🙁 And then I guess I had set up my facebook page wrong originally and almost lost it all. Getting in touch with FB was nearly impossible but once I did it got sorted out, thank goodness. It all doesn’t seem as bad now that it’s all fixed 🙂

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8 Sonia The Healthy Foodie November 4, 2011 at 13:44

Ah, I so hear your pain. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all Internet wizards. I no nothing about this stuff, and I am so afraid to push the wrong buttons sometimes, it’s not even funny. No wonder my website still looks so boring. As for FB, it took me ages to finally get that page going, and I’m still not sure that I have it right. Makes me wish I was 16, sometimes. Maybe I’d be a little better at all this! 😉

Glad you got everything sorted and that your site is back on the right track!

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9 Rawkinmom November 1, 2011 at 06:39

I love the color of this soup!!! Beautiful!!!

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10 Editorial Team | Healthy Aperture November 1, 2011 at 04:03

Looks delish!

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11 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} October 31, 2011 at 18:58

I love butternut squash soup. Well, I love butternut squash anything, really. Can’t wait to see your upcoming winter squash recipes. I’m definitely a squash girl. 🙂

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12 pure2raw twins October 31, 2011 at 18:53

I admit butternut squash soup is one of my favs and I am not a real soup person. though this winter I am going to try to learn to like soups haha

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