Butternut Squash Soup with Pine Nuts & Sage
It is hard to imagine anything more beautiful than the sparkling sun rays bouncing off a landscape cover in brilliant white snow. It is a winter wonderland. It is awesome! Yet, in spite of the eye catching appearance, it is also supremely cold. Yes, I would even classify it as freezing cold. It’s a perfect day for a most heart warming, comfort producing, uniquely delicious soup. Butternut Squash Soup, served with toasted pine nuts, sage, and topped off with some crunchy chips. It warms you to the core. Ok, so you are enjoying the 70 degree weather elsewhere in the world, I think you will enjoy this special soup anyway. Give it a try.
1 1/2 lbs butternut squash, diced
1 T olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 F
Peel, deseed, and dice the butternut squash.
In a bowl, coat the butternut squash in olive oil. Place on a baking tray. Roast for 40-50 minutes, until tender.
1 medium onion, diced.
1 T olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
In a medium sauce pan, sauté onion in a little olive oil (or water) until translucent. Add the minced garlic, sauté another minute or so.
Add the following:
4 cups vegetable stock (Click Here for the Recipe)
1 small carrot, sliced thinly
2 T cashews
1/2 teaspoon sage
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of cayenne
1 bay leaf (remove before blending)
Bring to a boil, let simmer for a few minutes until the carrots are tender. (5 min). Pour into a blender, and blend until smooth. (2-3 min).
Add the roasted butternut squash and blend again.
Pour the soup back into the sauce pan, and let simmer for a couple of minutes. It is now ready to serve.
Garnish with roasted pine nuts.
(Roast in a skillet for a few minutes on medium heat, while stirring)
Butternut squash chips
(slice very thin using a mandolin, rub with a little olive oil, salt, and herb de provence, roast at 375F until crisps)
Cashew cream (soak 2 T cashews overnight, drain, blend with 1/2 cup water in the blender for 2-3 min.) Or you can use Coconut milk (full fat)
Note: For a more vibrant color, add in a teaspoon of tomato paste.