Friday, September 24, 2010

Vegan Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

TGIF for sure! Work was a little crazy this week and I am READY for the weekend. How about you? One thing that did make my week a little better? I met my friend Mandi for a working breakfast at my favorite place (Charleston’s Cafe!!) on Thursday. We both enjoyed their fantastic parfaits. I got the blueberry & banana (I know, I’m such a creature of habit):

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And Mandi got the apple & craisin parfait:

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If you’re ever in the Charleston area and need a brunch friend…I’m always available ;)

The second thing that made my week better? A vegan creamy butternut squash soup! I saw Krista make this soup this week and knew I must have it! Luckily, I had a small butternut squash in the fridge just screaming to be used up. I made a few minor, minor adjustments to her recipe, so feel free to prepare it as below or use Krista’s original version:

Vegan (or not) Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper (optional, I like a little heat with my sweets)
  • 14 oz cooked butternut squash ( cut in half, remove seeds, bake at 400 until VERY soft~1.5 hours) or you can use a 15-oz can of butternut squash puree

Before:

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After:

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  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup milk, cream or half and half (I used original almond breeze)

  Directions:

  • Heat olive oil in a medium size pot. Add onion & garlic and cook until onion is translucent.
  • Add spices, butternut squash and broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat to medium low, add milk and let simmer 10-15 minutes.
  • Puree with immersion or regular blender.
  • Serves 2

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Fantastic! Thank you Krista! If you don’t read Krista’s blog, you should totally check it out. She is the ultimate super mama!

Weekend plans?? I’m teaching (Step Friday AM, Step & Pump launch Saturday) and Josh’s parents are coming to visit! I cannot wait!!

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40 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Lovin' the parfaits and soup recipe!

Weekend plans = dance practice.

Susan said...

Ooh I just starred this recipe! Looks simple and delish! This weekend is farmers market and harvest festival with mi madre.

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That soup looks incredible!

Shannon said...

delicious! just picked up my first butternut of the season--SO excited to dig in tonight :)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

thanks for this easy squash soup. Ever since I made the semi-homemade soup I've been wanting to find more easy soup recipe and try making them.

This looks simple enough. I hope they freeze well.

Christina said...

mmm love that parfait! that was the first one i got too. soup looks yummy also! have a great weekend!

Julie said...

haha is it wrong that i'd much rather roast my butternut squash and buy the trader joe's carton brand? i know fail. although this would probably be SO good with some steamed kale or something in it? or its most likely just amazing by itself haha.

gah i didn't get to watch dc last night but it's dvred and a definite part of my weekend plans! i have a bridal shower tomorrow (booooo they're SO long!) but other then that i've got a ridiiiiiculous amount of school work which is not fun!

Katie said...

That squash looks so good! And I REALLY want to go to Charleston just to eat that parfait!

Weekend plans: working today and tomorrow, but off Sunday! Dinner plans and fun times with Ari :-)

Holly said...

Yummmm I LOVE Butternut Squash Soup! So delicious!!

Your parfaits always look fab. I'm a creature of habit, too - I always think, why risk getting something I don't like? :-)

This weekend I'm going to the apple orchard for the first time, going out with some friends tomorrow, and watching the Colts game with friends on Sunday!

Maria said...

Great soup and parfait! Have a fun time this weekend!
I plan on doing some fall cooking/baking, watching football, and going up the canyon to look at the leaves!

tam said...

Soup sounds delicious, and the parfaits as always look mouth wateringly good!

I have a workout planned in the gym and a meet up with my best friend. I need to enjoy my last weekend of pure rest before starting in the gym Monday! x x

Heather said...

I can't wait til the temps drop so I can start making soup again!

We're relaxing tonight, and then have plans with friends tomorrow night, and another group run Sunday morning. Have a great weekend with Josh's fam!

Sarah said...

Mmm butternut squash soup is so delicious and SOO does NOT need any dairy added to make it super creamy. I'm so excited autumn is here- squash and apples, yay!

Have a great weekend!

The Blonde Duck said...

I wish we had a good place to do a normal diner style breakfast. Everything here is breakfast tacos, which isn't bad unless you're my Southren born husband who wants pancakes and grits!

Corey @ the Runner's Cookie said...

That soup sounds so good right now, and I feel like I could actually make it!! And amazing brunch places are theee best.

Corey @ the Runner's Cookie said...

That soup sounds so good right now, and I feel like I could actually make it!! And amazing brunch places are theee best.

Megan D said...

Would you believe I have never tried butternut squash soup?! Your looks delicious! I will definitely be getting my hands on some (or amking it!) this fall.

Angharad said...

I love that you always include (or not) in your vegan recipes :)
That looks so good - and so fitting for the season!

I am SO glad it's Friday too. Ugh. Ready for a night of pajamas and Mad Men for sure!

BroccoliHut said...

Yum! That soup looks delicious.
Weekend plans? Duke Homecoming!

homecookedem said...

I love butternut squash soup!!

This weekend is my first baby shower!! So excited!! :)

lee said...

We actually might go to Charleston for an early Christmas this year. I would like to get a granola parfait with you! I'll definitely let you know.

Have a great weekend.

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

happy fridayyyy! soup looks great, so fall-ish :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

b'nut squash is soo good and you made this look awesome!

thankyou so much for understanding the whole being extremely busy/commenting hard situation. and my god lady, you too! you're hella busy always too!

hope you have a super R & R filled weekend!

Janetha said...

i love you and your parfait addition! hope you and J and F have a lovely weekend!!

Stacey said...

The soup looks super yummy. Have a great weekend.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I would for sure have brunch with ya if I was in the area!! I love the sounds of that blueberry/banana combo for the parfait! And yay for bnut squash--they rock!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Ooh, I have my first winter squash sitting on the counter. You can eat the skin too - if it's cooked enough, just chop the squash and blend it up like you did. Yay for fiber!

Kelsey said...

BOTH PARFAITS LOOK DYNAMITE!!!! <3

Krista said...

Thanks for the shout out, Erica! So glad you enjoyed the soup. Yum, yum!

Every time you post about those parfaits I wanna make one. Those kind of menu offerings aren't typical here!

Seglare said...

The soup looks simple and delicious - and I appreciate it that you included directions on how to prepare butternut squash (I have previously always tried to cut it raw... with not-so-good results ;)).

Kerstin said...

What a lovely soup - I'm so excited for fall and squash!!

Ann Claire said...

Those parfaits look delicious as does the butternut squash soup, such a great fall recipe!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

i just made butternut squash soup tonight for dinner! It was a slightly different recipe, but I also roasted my butternut squash first. It's so much easier than peeling and cutting it! Yours looks delicious :)

Tina said...

Hope you had a good weekend.

And I need to get my hands on some butternut squash.

RhodeyGirl said...

Yum! Such a simple soup- I love it! This is right up my alley.

fittingbackin said...

You and your parfaits - love it!

The soup looks great - so glad its fall/soup time - i've been making chilis - YUM!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

yeah for you, you actually post recipes that anyone can make!!!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I need to try Charleston Cafe if I'm ever in South Carolina. If we get out there, we will let you know.

The soup sounds fabulous. I need to get a butternut squash and try it out!

jenna said...

this squash soup looks amazing! tis the season!! :)

Mama Pea said...

The soup looks fabulous! I will be trying it once the fall weather gets here for good. :)