Butternut Squash Soup is a wonderful Autumn soup and is so comforting on cool days. The wonderful flavor comes from roasting the vegetables in the oven, and adding two interesting spices as well.
Another recipe re-do coming at you. Same recipe, more detail. 🙂
I think I’ve finally found the perfect balance for this recipe. It’s smooth but not too smooth, spicy but not too spicy, and it tastes like home. The vegetables are ones I cook often, and instead of just roasting and eating them, I’m taking it one step further and turning them into a delicious blend of comfort – Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon.
The best part is that my boys love it too. Drum roll….bacon is the answer. Not TOO much bacon. Just a few slices. Because everything is better with bacon.
The key to great tasting Butternut Squash Soup is threefold.
- One, roasting the veggies with olive oil and salt & pepper – instead of boiling the veggies – is KEY.
- Two, using a bit of cream or half and half is another must. A little (just one half of a cup) goes a long way here.
- And three, yup…bacon. I cooked six slices for this recipe and saved a bit for the garnish. And I might have nibbled a bit.
When roasting a butternut squash, you can either roast it with the skin on (cut in half and seeds removed), or the way I show below.
- Cut off both ends and peel the squash.
- Slice in in half both ways and remove seeds.
- Chop in bite sized pieces, and season with olive oil, s&p.
If you don’t want to hassle with pouring hot soup (dangerous!) into a blender, check out this immersion blender. It’s great because you can puree any soup right in the pan. It saves on dishes and on patience. I use mine in soups a lot, like in my Sweet Potato Turkey Chili, and my Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons.
The other thing to note is the spices. I used cinnamon and cayenne pepper – just a tad of both, but boy do they pack a punch. I originally used a whole teaspoon of cayenne pepper, but my fam prefers less, so now I use 1/2 a teaspoon. It still gives a little kick, just not overpowering. And the cinnamon adds some sweetness, which is a great combo with the spicy kick of the cayenne.
Feel free to mix it up to your liking. You can even add a different spice combo.
Try to imagine a chilly, blustery fall day – leaves falling, a fireplace, hot apple cider, and being with the ones you love. And a big bowl of this Butternut Squash Soup. These are what dreams are made of.
We Texans dream big (on 80 degree fall days)!
Please let me know if you try this Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon, and how you like it!
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- 1 large butternut squash - peeled, cubed, & seeds removed
- 4 large carrots - peeled and cubed
- 3 stalks celery - chopped
- 1 medium onion - chopped
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 6 slices bacon - diced
- 3 cloves garlic - diced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper - use less if you want less spicy
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup half and half
Peel and dice the butternut squash, removing the seeds. Peel carrots and chop them along with the celery and onion. Add all veggies to two roasting pans and top with olive oil, salt and pepper. Coat to combine.
Roast vegetables in 375 degree convection oven (or 400 degree regular oven) until soft. Remove from oven and set aside.
Dice bacon and fry in large stock pan, until crisp. Remove bacon, drain all but two tablespoons of the fat, and set aside.
Add diced garlic to pan (with reserved bacon fat) and stir for 30 seconds. Add the roasted vegetables, half of the bacon, the chicken broth and the cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Use an immersion blender (or pour into a blender) to cream the vegetables and bacon until mostly smooth. (It's ok to have a few small chunks remaining.)
Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until heated through and then add the half and half. Stir and remove from heat.
To serve, add another swirl of half and half and some of the reserved chopped bacon.