Looking at this soup reminds me of everything I love about fall. The rich colors, tastes and warm toasty feelings you get when you’re snuggled up with a good bowl of soup. This butternut squash soup is extra special because I put some pear and ginger which gives it a whole new depth of flavor and that ginger HEALS! After making this for meal prep and eating it for lunch so often, my sniffles were gone-zo.
This creative idea was learned at a recent Anti-inflammatory cooking class I took at the Natural Gourmet Institute here in NYC. It was such a beautiful evening filled with amazing recipes with great people, and the soup especially took me by surprise because while it looks like any other butternut squash soup – it’s SO. MUCH. MORE. Our chef had us using apples which was great, I had pears on me at home and tried it that way instead. Both work perfectly, but I do love pears. The most important part is: THE GINGER. And I love keeping ginger juice in my fridge for when I run out of fresh ginger, either can be used here. The creamy texture with any of your favorite toppings makes for a stunning and filling meal. XO
- 1 medium butternut squash, chopped into cubes
- 1 large yellow onion, cut into 4 wedges
- 4 cloves garlic, whole and peeled
- 1 or 2 pears (bartlett or bosch work), sliced into 4 wedges and cored
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp ginger juice (or 2 Tbsp grated ginger)
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- fresh herbs, seeds, etc. for garnish (I’m using fresh thyme and sesame seeds)
- Pre-heat oven to 400f degrees while you chop all the veggies and fruit.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and toss the squash, onions, pears, and garlic with olive oil. Sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper allover and roast everything in the oven for approx. 30-35 minutes.
- Add water to a soup pot with roasted vegetables and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, add in the ginger or ginger juice, more salt and pepper to taste and turmeric — and stir. Now add everything to a blender or use an emulsion blender.
Use #foodbymars to tag your FBM inspired creations! I’d love to see!