I have tried many butternut squash soup recipes; among them: roasted butternut squash soup, butternut squash soup with apples, sweet butternut squash soup, savory butternut squash soup, and butternut squash soup with Indian flavor. I enjoyed them all, by my favorite version is also the easiest!
Parsley and thyme are the only herbs in this soup; they bring a mild savoriness to the natural sweetness in the carrots and squash.
The recipe comes from an elderly couple I met a few years ago when I took a 12-week healthy cooking class with my mother-in-law and sister-in-laws. At the end of the course, each participant was asked to bring a dish to share at the closing potluck that used the new guidelines we had learned. This soup garnered rave reviews from all the attendees and the elderly gentleman and his wife passed out printed copies of their award-winning recipe, informing us that we were free to share it with whoever might enjoy it.
So, I’m sharing it with you. 🙂
Trim Healthy Mama hadn’t been published yet, but this soup happens to be a wonderful THM E. It makes 8-10 servings, so the fat from the butter is well within the 1 tsp/5 gram limit per E serving. To increase the amount of protein in the soup, I like to pour a scoop of collagen powder into my bowl first before ladling on the soup and stirring it together. If collagen powder is not in your budget, adding cooked and cubed chicken breast is another great way to increase the protein content.
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cups of water
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (4-5 cups)
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Melt butter in a heavy pot. Add onion and cook until clear. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour until vegetable is soft.
- Carefully add small amounts to blender and puree the entire batch. Return to pot and reheat if necessary over low heat.
To increase the amount of protein in the soup, I like to pour a scoop of collagen powder into my bowl first before ladling on the soup and stirring it together. If collagen powder is not in your budget, cooked and cubed chicken breast is another great way to increase the protein content.
Enjoy with a slice of sprouted bread!