For many, fall is the season for pumpkin spice-flavored everything. For me, the fall season is all about butternut squash. Chock-full of health-promoting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, butternut squash itself is an excellent immunity-boosting food.
Honestly, on a crisp fall evening in Georgia, there’s absolutely nothing better than cozying up with a warm bowl of butternut squash soup. Besides being the perfect comfort food, when prepared with the right ingredients, it’s actually quite the nutritional powerhouse.
My Special Blend
At least once a week, I make a vegan-friendly, gluten-free butternut squash soup that’s downright craveable. It’s super simple to make and includes:
Butternut squash (of course) – The taste and texture of cooked butternut squash is similar to that of sweet potato but it’s a bit softer with more of an earthy, nutty flavor.
Yellow onion – Along with red onions, yellow onions contain more antioxidants than other types. They also become increasingly sweeter when cooked, making them among the best all-around flavor enhancers.
Carrots – In addition to their rich content of disease-fighting carotenoid phytonutrients, carrots have an earthy, almost woodsy flavor profile that plays well with the squash and other ingredients.
Celery – With its strong, salty bite, celery adds great flavor depth to the recipe.
Extra-virgin olive oil – Sautéing the vegetable ingredients in extra–virgin olive oil really helps bring out their flavors. It can also mask some of the bitter tastes many people hate.
Granny Smith apples – Though Granny Smith apples are naturally tart, once cooked they meld perfectly with all the sweet ingredients.
Vegetable broth – Along with the veggies, fruit and other ingredients, using vegetable broth makes this recipe 100% vegan. If it doesn’t matter, chicken broth will also do the trick.
An earthy seasoning blend – Finally, I round out the recipe with pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon and paprika along with a little kosher salt and ground pepper. For a spicy kick, I sometimes use cayenne pepper too.
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