Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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I hate this love/hate relationship with rainy days, because yeah, they’re can be all nice and cozy if you’re wrapped in lots of blankets and drinking hot coffee (ie: my rainy Pinterest board… see? I do love rain sometimes)… but on the other  they are terrible if you have to spend the day working in the fields or running outdoors and it’s raining buckets. I hate when that happens!

Good thing is that rainy days call for warm soups… And hot chocolate, tea, coffee and even cheesecake, but let’s be honest here: any day calls for cheesecake… anyway, forget about it (not that I ever couold forget about cheesecake, that stuff is always in my mind but still), this post is meant to be about soup alone… but there’s cheesecake coming soon and it’s a really delish one. Wait for it, you’re going to love it!

 


 

But let’s go back to the soup, because you don’t want to miss this one if you’re a big fan of fall foods, which I’m not, yet I found this soup truly comforting and delish. Apples, carrots and typical fall spices accompany butternut squash to make a very autumnal soup that not only tastes delicious, but it’s also good for you!

And if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to top it with some greek yogurt. Let’s face it: no meal is ever complete if it doesn’t include greek yogurt. Am I right or am I right? Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds as well (which are optional, but not really, because they add a wonderful crunch that you shouldn’t miss) and you’ll be about to try one of the best soups ever. Trust me, you cannot miss this one!

 

 

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Prep time 35 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Website Adapted from Eats and Beats

Ingredients

  • 1 Small (500 gr.) butternut squash (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • 1 onion (julienned)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 apple (I used a Royal Gala)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. cinnamon (you may use less)
  • 1/8 Tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 Cups vegetable broth

Directions

1.
Peel and cut the butternut squash, apple and carrot into chunks. Julienne onion as well.
2.
Heat 1tbsp. of olive oil in a saucepan and when it's warm, add the vegetables and sautee until they're tender and blend-able.
3.
Pure with an inmersion blender and add vegetable broth, salt and spices.
4.
Bring it to a boil for 5 minutes. Then lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste to see if it needs more salt.
5.
You can top it with some greek yogurt (vegan may be used) and pumpkin seeds for an added crunch!

Note

Use vegan yogurt or no yogurt at all for a vegan version.
This gets tastier the longer it sits.
Use less than 1/2 tsp. if you're not a big fan of cinnamon. You can definitely taste it in this soup!

 

Now, tell me: do you enjoy rainy days? What’s your favorite way to spend one (besides curling up under a pile of blankets with a good book and endless supplies of warm tea, coffee and cookies, that’s it, because I’m assuming that that’s everybody’s favorite way to spend a rainy day!)?

Happy October, by the way!

Consuelo x

 

63 Comments

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} October 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Your little description on rainy days are just spot on! Oh, how I love rainy days too 🙂
    And you are SO right – greek yoghurt makes EVERYTHING better!
    My favourite way to spend a rainy day? Well, that definitely includes blankets, books, tea and cookies. And for dinner I love a good soup 😉
    Happy October!

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 7:43 am

      I’m hating them lately, because I should be working to get my camera but I’m not able to, because it’s raining buckets right now :(( But cozy ones are lovely, aren’t they??
      Blankets, books, tea, cookies and soup > everything else
      Thanks Josefine! x

      • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} October 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

        Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Hope it’ll stop soon then 🙂

        • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

          Thanks! I hope it too 😉

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven October 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    delicious! I have a butternut squash soup recipe going up this week too but it’s a bit more on savoury side with LOTS of ginger! This recipe also looks amazing 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

      I cannot wait to see it, I’m sure it’ll be great! Thanks Davida! x

  • Reply ohsweetbasil October 3, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I looooove butternut squash!

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Me too 😉

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen October 3, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I think the only thing rainy days are good for is naps! Don’t like rainy days at all. But a delicious soup like this one would help cheer me up 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Naps are amazing as well! I do prefer sunny days as well, but I love to spend some time under a lot of blankets while if rains 😉

  • Reply anecdotesandapples October 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Rainy days are a mixed bag for me. I don’t like being stuck inside but I do love the foods it compels me to make! This soup looks perfect for cold, rainy weather. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Same here! I don’t like being at home, but I adore all those warm, comfort foods. It’s such a hard decission, isn’t it? 😉

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments October 3, 2013 at 5:41 am

    You’ve got one of my all time favorite soups here, and those spices sound incredible. I will eat soup when it’s not raining, too, but there’s nothing like a bowl of soup on a rainy day to warm you up!

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Anytime is a great time for soup, right? Thank you, Marcie! 😉

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 3, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I hear ya when it comes to rainy days. It’s great to be indoors and curled up with a bowl of soup/stew or a nice cup of coffee or cocoa. But when you have to be out –ick! And I wish I’m curled up with a big bowl of this right now! Great recipe Consuelo. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      So do I, it’s so cold and rainy here right now! I’m so happy you like it 😉

  • Reply Laurel y Menta October 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Nos parece una receta 10. Qué delicia de sopa!! Es que tooooodos los ingredientes nos chiflan!!!
    Ésta cae seguro…..
    Ah, la novedad nos encantaaaaa!! Esperamos impacientes…
    Besitos.

    • Reply María José - Honey and Figs October 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Pues sí, probadla porque os va a encantar.
      A ver si voy a crear tanta expectación y luego no le gusta a nadie la entrada…. uffff, no sé qué será mejor, me empiez a entrar el pánico escénico, jaja.
      Besos.

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl October 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Like you, and probably most people, I do love rainy days (as long as I’m indoors and not frantically running around outside!) On an ideal rainy day, I would be eating this soup and watching a film all coseyed up in blankets. By the way, I think this might be my favourite recipe of yours yet and I can’t wait to try it!! PS. The websites looking great – have you changed it again?

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Aww, is it? Thank you you’re so nice and I’m so happy you like it 🙂
      Yes, it’s the theme I’ll settle for! 🙂

  • Reply Yeste Lima October 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    ¡¡¡¡Es la tercera vez que pierdo el comentario!!!! y no sé por qué.

    Te decía, por cuarta vez, jajaja, que tu receta, tal como la planteas, no la he probado nunca, pero sí hago una crema de calabazas muy similar, con la diferencia de que no lleva azúcar ni canela, a mis hijas les va a encantar, tienen buena boca y paladar para todos los gustos.

    Gracias por citarme en tu entrada, no pasa nada por el enlace, pero si quieres aprender, es muy sencillo, estoy segura de que tu hija te lo explicará en un pis pas y si ella no tiene tiempo, yo misma te daré los pasos para hacerlo. Cuando yo empecé hace cinco años, no sabía enlazar, subir fotos o videos ni la mitad de las cosas que sé ahora, es cuestión de tiempo, sólo eso, y nadie nace sabiendo, es curioso, es la segunda vez que digo esta frase en una semana, jajaja.

    No quiero que digas que eres una tecnolerda, principalmente porque no es verdad y lo haces muy bien, no me gusta que lo digas.

    Tranquila, no desinvitaré a nadie porque no soy nadie para hacerlo, sólo tuve una idea y vosotros la lleváis a cabo, si no hubiera sido así, no sería posible esta sección. En todo caso seguiremos, todos, invitando a nuevos colaboradores, a ver si llegamos a ser una buena cifra.

    Agradecida de nuevo. Muchos besos apretaos.
    Estoy deseando que llegue el día 11.

    • Reply María José - Honey and Figs October 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Pues que sepas que ya tengo preparada la entrada, y creo que no me ha quedado del todo mal……Yo también estoy deseando que llegue el día 11.
      Respecto a lo de los enlaces, el problema es que yo solamente escribo mi entrada en word, se la mando por correo a Consuelo y ella es la que la sube tal y como está, ya que se trata de ahorrarle trabajo. No sé si podría poner el enlace en el documento de word y se conservaría en el correo y posterior corta y pega que hace ella en el blog. En la próxima entrada probaré.
      Y sí, lo siento, pero soy tecnolerda, qué se le va a hacer. Pero aprendo rápido, así que ya verás que pronto me pongo las pilas y lo remedio, que me va entrando el gusanillo de escribir y tengo que saber subir entradas yo misma.
      Besos.

      • Reply Yeste Lima October 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Anímate a tener otro blog independiente para tus entradas en español, lo harías muy bien y así se aprende muchísimo.

        Besos.

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life October 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Its thundering and lightning this morning … makes for a very cozy morning:) Thank goodness I don’t have to go anywhere! This soup would be PERFECT for this afternoon. I’ve never worked with butternut squash, but I really want to this fall. All the flavors in this soup look incredible!

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      I hate storms though :((
      It was my first time working with it, but I really liked it! Thank you, Mary! x

  • Reply Jamie@Milk N Cookies October 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Your spiced butternut soup looks fantastic! Butternut squash soup is one of our go-to fall meals, but we have never added any of these interesting spices to it. I can wait to try your spiced-up version! I also love that you were able to sneak some other fall produce into this soup. Yum!

    • Reply Consuelo October 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      I hope you’ll love it as much as we did! Thanks, Jamie! 🙂

  • Reply Cindy October 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I love butternut squash! I haven’t seen it yet in our market, but as soon as it is out I’m going to make this soup! By the way…I love your new page design. Great colors 😀

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you Cindy, I’m so glad you like it! I hope you can get butternut squash soon! 🙂

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 4, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Loving your soup and I totally love rainy days to enjoy some good soup on. Give me rainy day, soup, fluffy socks and a book and you have one happy girl. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Fluffy socks, I love those too! Thank you, Pamela! x

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Consuelo – I love this soup (and the photos are beautiful)!!! It’s so fall and so…well, wonderful! I had to laugh at your post about the rain. I guess I never thought of it before. I LOVE the rain, but mostly because ((a) I have no choice – I live in WA state) and (b) I work inside and don’t have to be OUT in it. If I have to “work”, I get a sense of peace knowing I’m not out there in it…I just get to stay inside, comfy and warm, and enjoy the sound and relaxation of the rain falling. I don’t think I’d feel the same if I were actually OUT there. Thanks for making me think differently, my sistah!

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Hahaha you’re welcome! Aw, rain’s so nice and cosy when you’re at home… but I’m hating it these days. The mroe it rains, the less I can work. The less I can work, the longer it’ll take until I’m able to get my new camera :((
      But thank you, Kristi! Your comments always make my day 😉

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 4, 2013 at 3:16 am

    BTW, totally “pinned”!!!

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks 😀

  • Reply Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough October 4, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Um, YUM! Bring on all the rainy day comfort food, I’m ready for it! (already drooling over the upcoming cheesecake, btw ;))

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you Stephanie 🙂

  • Reply Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen October 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Butternut soup is great. Spiced up butternut soup is amazing!! Perfect for these cold days to get warm and cosy 🙂 Yum!!

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      You’re so right, thank you! 😉

  • Reply Covadonga October 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    De momento aquí no ha llegado la lluvia, esperemos que tarde porque cuando se ponga hasta junio con las botas Eso sí me guardo la receta para cuando llegue la lluvia (que llegará) porque tiene una pinta exquisita.
    ¿tecnolerda? ¿tú? no me hagas reir, deseando leer la entrada del día 11 😉
    Besinos

    • Reply María José - Honey and Figs October 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Pues a mí me encanta la lluvia, creo que sería feliz en un clima como el tuyo, pero ahora empiezo a estar harta porque nos está fastidiando la vendimia.
      ¡Ay! Ya me está dando miedo el día 11, igual yo creo que tengo una entrada chulísima y luego os parece una castaña….ja,ja.
      Besos.

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens October 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Consuelo, you are my Hero of the Day! I love fall soups like this, but the blend of spices and the addition of apple and carrot – I can already tell this one is going to be beyond awesome! I’m so excited to try it! 😀

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Shelley! I hope you’ll love it 🙂

  • Reply Joanne October 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I definitely love soup!! Especially when it involves all my favorite fall produce! Beautiful!

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks Joanne! Happy weekend 🙂

  • Reply ashley October 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Definitely trying this soup!! Hopefully this weekend!

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      I hope you’ll love it, Ashley! x

  • Reply Ashley October 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Ah, everyone is posting such delicious looking soups lately! haha This sounds fantastic! And I use greek yogurt all. the. time. I plan to use some on top of my own leftover soup for lunch today!

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Isn’t greek yogurt the best thing ever?? Gah, I love it so so much! Thank you! x

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner October 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Now you have me in the mood for cheesecake. 😉 This soup looks so yummy! And I love that you only need a few simple ingredients…perfect soup for soup season. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      I’m always in the mood for cheesecake ;–) Happy weekend 🙂

  • Reply Nik@ABrownTable October 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    This is something I know would love to eat every day in fall!

    • Reply Consuelo October 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks Nik 🙂

  • Reply thecupcakeconfession October 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I love rainyyy daysss!!! PROVIDED I AM IN MY HOUSE watching the skies turn gray and all that! It just makes the food taste soooo much better when its cold and raining! and this soup is the perfect thing I’d like to have!!! I agree with you! that Greek yogurt does something magical to the soup {apart from, of course making the soup look more delicious! And pumpkin seeds? Yeah, I’m a sucker for that too! 😀 Can’t wait to try!

    • Reply Consuelo October 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I love rainy days at home ;–) Thank you so much, dear! I hope you’ll love it!

  • Reply Monica October 6, 2013 at 4:15 am

    I’ve been craving a ton of soup these past few weeks and I made curried butternut squash soup last week. I like your version – the addition of the apple is a great idea!

    • Reply Consuelo October 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Curried soup sounds amazing! Thank you, Monica! 🙂

  • Reply Erin | The Emerging Foodie October 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Yum! I love all things butternut squash! Love the spices you picked here! 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Thank you so much, Erin! 🙂

  • Reply Maria José October 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Mmmmm…..another delicious recipe!!!
    Decididamente tengo que probar esto!!!

    • Reply Consuelo October 7, 2013 at 7:09 am

      ¡Esperamos que te guste! Gracias 🙂

  • Reply Lisa@ Cooking with Curls October 8, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I love rainy days, as long as I don’t need to try and take any food pictures! That is the worst. I absolutely love butternut squash soup, in case you hadn’t noticed. 😉 It looks delicious Consuelo. Thank you so much for joining us at Best of the Weekend, and sharing this yummy soup with us!!

    • Reply Consuelo October 8, 2013 at 7:24 am

      You’re so so right here! That kind of light is terrible :(( Thank you fo stopping by and hosting, dear! Have a nice week! x

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