At the first hint of cool weather each fall I’m at the market buying butternut squash for soup. I made the same recipe for years, until I became a dairy-free vegetarian almost a decade ago. The switch from cow’s milk to coconut cream turned out to be a luscious upgrade. Last year I garnished my vegan butternut squash soup with pomegranate seeds. The sparkly flavor of the pomegranates seeds added a bright and contrasting element to the butternut squash soup that will be repeated for years to come.
When I thought about sharing my Butternut Squash Soup recipe to my Jackie’s Veggie Kitchen readers. I thought, how can I improve such a classic recipe? The idea of roasting the butternut squash, rather than boiling the squash in the soup broth (which is the traditional method), popped into my head. I like the way that roasting squash brings out its natural buttery flavor. Doing so could only enhance the soup’s flavor. I’m sure this is not an original idea. However, when I did a search for butternut squash soup recipes only one, out of all that I scanned, mentioned roasting the squash. It was a curry recipe, which sounds amazing but not what I was after.
Roasting butternut squash prior to making the soup does add time but, as I had guessed, definitely worth it! But wait, I went one step further… As I was loading the roasted squash into the blender with the coconut cream I couldn’t resist sampling a few of the just-out-of-the-oven, slightly browned chunks of goodness. I decided that the roasted chunks were too delicious to puree them all. I saved 1/3 of the chunks to put directly into the soup. The result was a roasted butternut squash soup with texture and flavor bombs by the spoonful.
Note: This recipe has a gentle but noticeable kick to it from the cayenne, which contrasts well with the pomegranate seeds. If you don’t want the heat cut down on the cayenne.
I was so excited after I made this recipe that I immediately called my son, who is an incredible cook, to tell him all about it. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did. If so, please rate it and share a comment. I enjoy reading your comments and it helps the success of the blog.