Butternut squash has become a staple around here for a few years now. Probably because we have been growing it in the garden and they really produce so we have a least a dozen to go through before it goes bad.
My favorite way is to peel and chop it with a little olive oil salt and pepper and roast it in the oven. When it gets all browned the flavor just pops and gets so sweet. I have tried a couple of times to make butternut squash soup and I have never found one that I liked. Despite me liking the sweetness of the carmelized roasted squash I really am not a fan of sweet soups. To me they need to be more savory and thanks to Chrissy Teigens recipe in her Cravings cookbook this will be a staple at our home to use up some of the butternut squash from the garden.
In all fairness this recipe calls for crsipy procuitto which will make just about anything taste just a little bit better. I made this soup for Thanksgiving and everyone sitting at the table raved about it. So if you have been seraching for a savory very tasty butternut squash soup recipe. this one is a must try!
butternut squash soup - savory not sweet
- 1 large butternut squash peeled, seeded and cubed into 1 inch cubes
- 5 tablespoon olive oil extra-virgin. plus more for frying sage
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth homemade even better
- 16 sage leaves
- 1 medium onion peeled and diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup heavy cream plus a little more for serving
- 6 slices proscuitto crisped
- In a large bowl or sheet pan place the cubed squash and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the salt and pepper and toss.
- In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoon olive oil and in batches add the butternut squash, You want to brown them on all side so add them to the pot and leave them for 5-6 minutes. then turn them over and leave them again for 5-6 minutes. The goal is to make them as brown as you can; this is what will give you a deep carmelized flavor. Remove the pieces of browed squash to a bowl. Depending on how browned your pan got, you can add a little of the broth and scrape up any bits; add this to the bowl. Continue with the rest of the squash. Once all pieces are browned, you can leave the last batch in the pot.
- finely chop 4 of the sage leaves and add them to the pot. Add the diced onion and garlic and cook, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. continue cooking until the onion is translucent and just starting to get lightly browned around 9-10 minutes. Add the set aside squash back into the pot. add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the squash is tender and starting to fall apart. about 20 minutes.
- While the soup is simmering. in a small saute pan add some olive oil, enough to cover the bottom. bring the oil over medum heat to shimmering hot temperature. In batches your going to fry the sage leaves just till crisp; only like 10-15 seconds. Drain on a papertowel.
- Either use an immersion blender or a blender and blend until smooth. I don't mind leaving some chunks but you do you. Return the soup to the pot if you used a blender. Add the cream and simmer for about 5 minutes till it is warmed through.
- Place some proscuitto pieces into the bottom of your bowl, add the soup and top with a little heavy cream, another piece of proscuitto and a fried sage leaf.
- preheat your oven to 400'F
- line a baking sheet with parchment paper, arrange in single layer onto the baking sheet.
- bake for 10-13 minutes - it will crisp up while it cools.