Soup Series Part II: Butternut Squash Soup


This recipe has been college-ified and adapted from a recipe by Ina Garten. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 6


2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 cups yellow onions, finely chopped (1-2 medium yellow onions)
1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
2 pounds peeled and cubed butternut squash (you can buy it like this!)
3 cups vegetable broth
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup whole milk or half-and-half
Croutons, Greek yogurt, gruyere or gouda to serve

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1. Combine oil and butter in 6-quart or larger saucepan and cook over medium heat until butter has melted.

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2. Add chopped onions to oil and butter, and cook on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until onions become translucent.

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3. Add pumpkin, cubed squash, vegetable broth and salt and pepper. Mix until combined.

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4. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes, cooking until squash is very tender.

5. Remove from heat and beat with a hand-mixer on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until soup reaches a thick, almost uniform consistency (the onions will not be chopped any further).

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6. Slowly add milk or half-and-half to soup, and continue beating until it’s incorporated (about 30 seconds).

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7. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes or until soup has reached desired temperature.

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8. Serve with toppings of your choice and enjoy! Trust me, you will.

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