As I was doing some grocery shopping, I saw some butternuts that were simply calling out my name. Obviously I had to buy one. I figured I could share a different way of making butternut soup.
The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to struggle to peel the butternut which we all know can be a pain. Once the butternut squash is halved you are as good as ready.
Using a very sharp knife and being extra cautious, half the butternut squash and then using a spoon scoop out the seeds which you can either discard or roast them separately to eat as a snack. Half a medium onion, no need to peel it.
The essence of this recipe is to roast everything together and later blend it to make a creamy soup. Ensure the vegetables are thoroughly washed since they’ll bake with their skin on. For the potatoes, using a fork, poke holes on them.
Brush all the vegetables with some oil then season with salt and black pepper.
Grease your oven tray and lay out the vegetables.
In a pre heated oven, bake the vegetables at 400°F or 200°C for 45 minutes. I would advise you to remove the garlic halfway through that time lest they burn like mine did 🙁 Also if using a thinner carrot, remove it also.
After 45 minutes, you get these roasted vegetables.
Sadly my garlic burnt so I ended up throwing it out 🙁 As for the charred marks on the butternut, not to worry they were only superficial and I scrapped them off. Evidently the middle part of the tray was hotter than the sides.
Once out of the oven, let the roasted vegetables rest for 10 to 15 minutes since you’ll need to scoop out the butternut, it’s safe to ensure it is reasonably cool.
Once cooled, scoop out the butternut putting the roasted butternut in a blender, peel the potatoes and add them in. For the carrot, you can slice into chunks and add in the blender. Peel the onions and the garlic hoping yours didn’t burn and add them in.
Finally add in your liquid, you can use stock either vegetable, chicken or beef or better yet add some coconut milk.
I added coconut milk. Blend away until smooth and creamy.
Once blended, pour out the soup in a pot and warm it up. At this point it is best to taste your soup for seasoning and adjust accordingly. In case you prefer a lighter soup you can add more coconut milk.
Serve and enjoy.
Not only was the soup creamy and the sweet taste of the butternut pronounced, the coconut milk added a lovely surprise.
Why not try this different way of making butternut soup, I promise you’ll enjoy it.