Makes 6-8 servings (1 cup=100 calories)
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes
Butternut squash soup is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. My sister Laurey makes it the best! Roasting the squash makes it so sweet, plus gives the soup such a creamy texture without adding any cream! I love playing around with spices, and the combination of cinnamon and ginger gives the soup a true Fall flair that is so satisfying and indulgent, without the extra calories!
1 medium butternut squash, cut into cubes (about 4 cups squash)
Olive oil cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium apple, chopped
3 cups vegetable low sodium vegetable broth
1-2 cups water (as desired for texture)
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Greek plain yogurt and sliced apple for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Spread the squash on a sheet pan in a single layer, spray with olive oil spray and roast for 25–30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Squash is done when well caramelized and fork-tender.
- While the squash is roasting, heat oil in a sauté pan, then add chopped onion and apple. Saute until onion is translucent and apple is softened, about 8-10 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, and simmer the mixture covered for 10 minutes.
- Add the roasted squash, cinnamon and ginger to the broth mixture, and combine. With an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Add extra water until desired texture. Heat soup until heated to your liking.
- Garnish each soup bowl with 1 teaspoon Greek plain yogurt or Granny Smith apple slices.
Nutritionist, cookbook author, publisher and health and wellness entrepreneur Mona Dolgov lives her lifelong mission of creating healthier food products, recipes and inventing simple culinary tricks to easily create practical and healthier lifestyles. She is President of You Live Right, LLC, where she has authored and published over 20 cookbooks for top-selling kitchen appliances, health and wellness products and grocery retailers, focused on simplicity and using nutritious ingredients. She also is a private nutritional coach, offers educational and fun dinner classes at Mona’s Kitchen, and is a speaker on nutritional well-being. Plus, she is very excited about launching Cook U. Follow Mona on Facebook or Instagram @monadolgov
She recently co-authored The Perfect Portion Cookbook, a 5-star rated cookbook (with Hollywood star Anson Willams) that makes American classics healthier and guides consumers to healthier portion control. This book (and Mona) was featured on the Today Show, The Doctors, and The Huffington Post. Learn more at www.theperfectportion.com
She is completing her second cookbook, Satisfy, that will be launched in 2020, focused on simple nutritionally balanced meals all 500 calories or less with real ingredients and real portions. All of the recipes are gluten-free.