Roasted Cinnamon and Sage Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup
Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD
Total Time 45 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 30 min
Yield 2, 1.25-cup servings (223 cals)

Whether or not it's cold outside, butternut squash soup is a warming treat—and not just because its heated before serving. In this butternut squash soup recipe, spices like cinnamon, sage, and nutmeg combine with roasted root vegetables to offer a mix of nutty, sweet, and naturally comforting flavors.

This soup is comforting when it comes to nutrition, too. A single serving gives you 9 grams of cholesterol-fighting fiber (that's about 37 percent of your daily target). The potassium, calcium, and vitamin C amounts are also on the impressive side. Finally, this soup is overflowing with vitamin A, which is what orange veggies like butternut squash and carrots are best known for, so plate it up and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or Greek yogurt, for garnish, optional
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, for garnish, optional

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Lightly grease a large baking sheet and arrange the cubed squash and carrots on it. Mix the pieces around with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast until easily pierced with a fork, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Add the roasted veggies to a food processor along with the water, cinnamon, sage, and nutmeg. Blend, adding additional water by the tablespoon if needed.
  4. Swirl in optional garnishes.

    Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

    Use vegetable stock instead of water for a different flavor profile, but be mindful of sodium content when buying your stock. Compare nutrition labels and choose the brand that offers the lowest sodium per serving.

    Cooking and Serving Tips

    Roasting the vegetables is an important step—it helps bring out the natural flavors of the vegetables. Butternut squash in particular offers a tasty flavor profile, a perfect mix of nutty and natural sweetness.

    Give the roasted vegetables a few minutes to cool before blending them, so that they're easier to handle. The soup is tastier when it's hot, but can also be served cold.

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