If you are like me, after eating vacation meals for a week, the first meal you cook at home is a nice bowl of soup. There is just something about soups that are comforting, cozy, and light. No matter the time of year, there is a soup for every season. Winter squash soup and chilly weather go together like peas and carrots.
THE INGREDIENTS ARE SIMPLE, WITH A BURSTING FLAVOR
As you can see, you don’t need much for a comforting pot of squash soup. Ingredients such as garlic, onion, carrots and vegetable broth should be cycled through all of the different things you cook up during the flu season.
Feel free to add avocado oil instead of olive oil for a fatty acid that provides numerous health benefits to your heart and could reduce blood pressure and regulate cholesterol levels.
Also, you can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
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All in One Pot Winter Squash Soup
- 2 Tbsp olive oil, for avocado oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 2 small potatoes, peeled & cubed
- 4 cups winter squash, peeled, seeded, & cubed
- 32 oz vegetable broth, or chicken broth
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.2 Tbsp olive oil,
Add onion, garlic, and a dash of salt. Stir to coat with oil and cook until fragrant and soft.1 medium onion,, 2 cloves garlic,, 1 tsp sea salt
Add carrots, celery, potatoes, squash, broth, thyme, and salt to the pot.2 carrots,, 2 small potatoes,, 4 cups winter squash,, 32 oz vegetable broth,, 2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp sea salt, 2 ribs celery,
- Bring to boil and simmer covered for 45 minutes or until all vegetables are soft.
- Remove from heat and allow soup to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Gently blend using an immersion blender or in batches using a regular blender. Blend just until smooth, but do not over-blend – then return blended soup to the pot.
Add nutmeg, extra salt, and pepper to taste.1 tsp sea salt, ¼ tsp nutmeg, 1 dash ground black pepper
- Serve warm topped with toasted pumpkin seeds (see below) and chopped parsley.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add pumpkin seeds and continuously stir until you begin to hear them pop.
- Continue stirring until all seeds are roasted and slightly brown.
- Remove from heat and transfer seeds to a bow. Add a dash of soy sauce, tamari, or sea salt.