Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

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This silky-smooth butternut soup gets a hit of spice from chipotle, cloves and cumin. Adapted from Chef Jesús González, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta at Rancho La Puerta.

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 80 minutes (45 minutes prep)

  • 1 1/2 pounds (1 small to medium) butternut or other winter squash

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 2 stalks celery , chopped

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 carrot , chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (see Tip)

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 6 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives or chopped parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Cut squash in half and seed. Place the halves on a baking sheet, cut-side down. Bake until tender when pierced with a knife, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Scoop out flesh when cool enough to handle.

  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, onion and carrot and stir to coat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the squash flesh, cumin, chipotle to taste and cloves. Add broth and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are very tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or a regular blender (in batches) until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with a drizzle of yogurt and sprinkle of chives (or parsley).

Tip: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Ground chipotle can be found in the specialty-spice section of most supermarkets or online at penzeys.com.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
about 1 1/4 cups
17 g
2 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
3 g
0 mg
Dietary Fiber
4 g
354 mg
694 mg
6 servings
about 1 1/4 cups each
1 vegetable
Vitamin A
223% daily value
Vitamin C
23% dv

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1 reply

tantaopa 2015-03-09 02:21:11 -0500 Report

This is a yummy easy to make soup. I added a few chopped onions to the top of the soup in my bowl and I made a meal out of it by adding a small green salad . Very filling. I had made it a few more time.