Butternut Squash Soup: a Fall Classic

I am giddy over the temperature drop here in Davidson! I mean who doesn't love fall?! I may have been a bit eager, but Monday night I whipped up my fall favorite: butternut squash soup. My mom would always make this for me, and it was always my first request when I came home from school!

Cooking is something I'm still trying to figure out. Personally, I never thought I would be the type of person to love being in the kitchen, but give me a good playlist and all the right ingredients, and I start to feel at home. I had a lot of fun making this soup last night because it made me feel close to my mom! Do y'all have recipes that are more than just delicious, but also sentimental?!

I hope my recipe makes sense... this is my first time doing this (eeeeepppp)!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 large butternut squash- chopped (I cheat and buy the pre-cut squash because it saves time. Don't judge me!)
  • 3 carrots- chopped
  • 1/2 onion- chopped (nothing fancy you just want it to be in smaller pieces)
  • 1/2 cup of canned coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable)
  • 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground sage
  • 1/8 tsp of cumin
  • Sour cream- option
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Blender/Vitamix/food processor 

WHAT YOU DO:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. Take your chopped carrots, butternut squash, + onion, drizzle with olive oil and put on a pan with parchment paper/aluminum foil
  3. Cook the veggies for roughly 40 minutes or until you see them starting to brown and caramelize 
  4. Once your veggies are done, add them, the cinnamon, cumin, sage, coconut milk, and broth into your blender! I used my Ninja, and it worked perfectly. I'm also extremely envious of anyone who has a Vitamix because that's the dream. 
  5. I start with 2 cups of broth and add more until I get the desired texture- creamy and smooth! 
  6. Then I take the soup and put it in my dutch oven to warm it up- your blender should do this, but I like when my soup is HOT. This is also when I'll add salt + pepper and more spices till it tastes perfect! 
  7. Lastly, serve up, and I love to add sour cream to the top for that extra touch (plus who doesn't love sour cream?!)

Well, that's it! I hope it hits the spot and gives you all those Fall feels + warms you up on those colder days. If you have any questions or other great fall recipes, please leave a comment below!

XO Sum