Nothing screams autumn like a bowl of butternut squash soup. Sweet in flavor, smooth in texture, it is low in calories and high in nutrients: it offers vitamins A and C along with fiber, potassium, and magnesium.
Vitamin A (helps with eyesight, immune function and wound healing, embryonic development, and more)
Vitamin C ( acts as an antioxidant, supports iron absorption, regenerates vitamin E supplies, helps develop collagen, and more)
Potassium (essential mineral we can’t make on our own, necessary for cell membrane behaviors)
Magnesium (essential mineral that can only be found in food, it metabolizes carbohydrates and fat, helps us heal and synthesize protein and DNA)
2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 stock of celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 apple, diced
1 large butternut squash
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 tbsp curry powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
salt & pepper
Garnish with Greek yogurt, fresh herbs, and apple slices (optional)
Heat oven to 400°F.
Place a whole butternut squash on a baking sheet and roast in oven for about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a large stock-pot, heat oil over low heat. Add onion, garlic, celery, spices, and a sprinkle of salt; cook until onion is softened (about 3 minutes).
Remove squash from oven and slice in half. Remove seeds with a spoon. Scoop the rest of the squash out of the peel and add to the pot, along with the apple, the broth, and an added sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Cook uncovered on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the soup is full flavored (about 20 minutes).
Remove pot from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Purée with a hand blender or a regular blender. If using a regular blender, fill the jar no more than halfway full, and take care to hold the top down firmly with a tea towel placed over top to prevent hot splashes.
Return soup to pot and warm slightly. Using a ladle, fill bowls with soup and, if desired, garnish with yogurt, fresh herbs, and apple slices.
Store leftovers in fridge.
Courtesy of Precision Nutrition, a trusted source for nutrition and recipes and home of
the world’s top nutrition coaches.