If you’ve ever read any of my Shabbat menus on Facebook, you know I’m all about the roast-roast-roast. And I don’t mean a couple of pounds of meat. I’m talking about drizzling stuff with olive oil, salt and pepper and sending it for some browning action in a steaming hot oven.
The thing about roasting is – it concentrates flavors in the most delicious way possible, caramelizing veggies into nature’s candy. I know you can taste the difference because every time I serve up my roasted butternut squash pie, people don’t stop asking me what I do different that makes it tastes so good. I’m telling you people. You gotta try it for yourself. Roast. Roast. Roast.
To get the most flavor out of this soup, I roast the squash along with shallots, for amazing natural sweetness. Give it a try and and you’ll never go back to boiling your veggies again!
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
approximately 3 lb butternut squash
1 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
1 honeycrisp apple, peeled, cored and diced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp chinese 5 spice powder
1-2 cups coconut milk (I use original Coconut Dream)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a knife, cut a few slits around the butternut squash (this allows heat to escape and keeps it from exploding) and roast for about 1 hour, turning half way through. Peel the shallots and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast with the butternut squash for about 30-45 minutes, until caramelized and tender.
Once the butternut squash if fork-tender, remove from the oven and slice in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and scoop out the flesh. Add flesh and roasted shallots to a pot, along with diced apples. Add the vegetable stock, Chinese 5 spice, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until apples are tender. Blend with an immersion blender. Stir in 1-2 cups coconut milk, until desired consistency/thickness is reached.
NOTE: I love the natural sweetness in this soup, but if you’d like it a little sweeter, add a drizzle of honey.
SUBSTITUTION: Chinese 5 spice powder is a mixture of 5 spices used in Chinese cuisine. If you don’t have it, you can use a pinch of any/all of these ground spices: szechwan pepper, star anise, fennel seeds, cloves and cinnamon.
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