Comforting Delight: Silky Butternut Squash Soup with Caramelized Onions

We're diving into a comforting and velvety bowl of Silky Butternut Squash Soup with Caramelized Onions. This recipe perfectly balances the natural sweetness of butternut squash with the savory depth of caramelized onions, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors. Get ready to savor every spoonful of this soul-warming soup that will leave you yearning for more.


1 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 large onion, thinly sliced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a hint of heat)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley or chives for garnish


Step 1: Roasting the Butternut Squash

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the diced butternut squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cinnamon. Toss the squash to evenly coat it with the seasoning. Roast in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the squash is tender and lightly caramelized.

Step 2: Caramelizing the Onions

While the squash is roasting, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until they turn golden brown and caramelized. This process will take approximately 20 minutes. Be patient, as the caramelized onions will provide incredible depth of flavor to the soup.

Step 3: Blending the Soup

Once the squash is roasted and the onions are caramelized, add them both to the pot with the caramelized onions. Stir in the minced garlic, ground nutmeg, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for a touch of warmth. Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth, and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Step 4: Pureeing and Seasoning

Using an immersion blender or transferring the soup in batches to a countertop blender, puree the mixture until smooth and velvety. Return the soup to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. If the soup seems too thick, you can add more broth until you reach the desired consistency.

Step 5: Serving and Garnishing

Ladle the Silky Butternut Squash Soup into bowls, and garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or chives. Serve piping hot with crusty bread or artisanal croutons for a delightful crunch.


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