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Butternut Squash Soup Feature

Squash Soup with Cashew Cream

This soup is creamy without the addition of cream, seasoned with herbs and spices and topped with a light and flavorful swirl of cashew cream.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 2 quarts

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium size butternut squash see text above
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock

Cashew Cream

  • 1/3 cup cashews see text above
  • 1/3 cup Milk see text above
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • toasted pumpkin seeds & cashews

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Wash and dry the outside of the squash. Cut in half, length wise, and scoop out the seeds.
    Roasting Squash
  • Drizzle the cut side with one tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    Roasting Squash Step 2
  • Place squash halves, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until is it very soft and the skin bubbles. Make sure to test the thickest part of the squash (i.e. the end without the seed cavity). A fork or knife inserted in the skin should go through the squash easily.
    Roasting Squash Step 3
  • Remove from oven and cool. Peel away the skin.
    Roasting Squash Step 4
  • Sauté the onions with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a soup pot over medium-low heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and crushed red pepper flakes and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the vegetable or chicken stock and bring to a simmer over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Add squash and return to simmer.
  • Purée soup with an immersion blender until smooth. (Also, see text above for alternate methods of puréeing.
  • Serve with cashew cream and toasted pumpkin seeds or cashews.
    Squash Soup Serving

Cashew Cream

  • Soak the cashews in water for 30-45 minutes.
  • Drain off all water. Place the soaked cashews in a blender or food processor with the milk, lime or lemon juice and olive oil. Blend or process until smooth. Season with salt to taste.
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