I don’t know about you, but when winter rolls around salads just don’t do it for me anymore. What to do when my usual lunch option becomes lackluster? Make soup! Vegetable soups are easy to make, packed with health-boosting nutrients to help you ward off those pesky winter colds, and filling enough to get you through those long afternoons in front of the computer. Bonus: this Butternut Squash-Sweet Potato Bisque recipe (and another variation that I’ll post later this week) freeze really well for up to 3 months.
Though I’ve called this a bisque, that’s technically a misnomer as this is a vegan recipe. Keeping it dairy-free makes this recipe waistline-friendly, which is much appreciated in this season of cookies and cocktails. And honestly, the butternut squash and sweet potato are so yummy and creamy once puréed that they don’t need any help from the dairy fairy. Health benefits abound thanks to the two starring ingredients in this recipe. Both vegetables get their yellow and orange coloring from beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body–a key nutrient for our eyes/eyesight. Sweet potatoes and butternut squash are also both rich in potassium and dietary fiber.
Butternut Squash-Sweet Potato Bisque
What You’ll Need:
- 6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable stock
- 1 butternut squash cubed
- 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp chili
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- salt and pepper, to taste
How to Make It:
- Heat oil in a large (5-6 qt) saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and shallots, sautéing 5-7 min or until tender and translucent.
- Add garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, chili, cayenne and salt and pepper, cooking until fragrant for another 2-3 min.
- Add butternut squash and sweet potato, giving them a good mix to coat in spices and onion.
- Add vegetable stock, bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10-12 min. The veggie chunks should be easy to pierce and pick up with a fork.
- Finally, using a hand blender if you have one, purée the mixture in your saucepan until smooth. (If you don’t have a hand blender a standing blender does the trick).
- Adjust your seasoning for kick and salt, then serve hot or cold and enjoy!
Note: if you aren’t worried about keeping it vegan, I highly recommend adding a tablespoon or two of your favorite shredded cheese. Dee-licious!