Butternut Squash Soup

There are pros and cons to every situation including being in a long-distance relationship. While certainly more cons than pros if you ask me, the one good thing is that I am able to continue my absurd love affair with garlic. I used to prefer food very bland without salt, pepper, garlic, or any herbs or spices. These days, my taste buds have adapted, and I can barely eat anything without garlic. I found some organic elephant garlic at the store recently, so I knew I had to try it. As you can see, three of the cloves took up my whole hand, but I still used the entire head. Sauteed sweet onions with loads of garlic makes the perfect base to almost any soup or meal, so you know this is going to be a good one. Aside from the wonderful taste, garlic has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. These are more than enough reasons for me to eat garlic every day! 

Tonight's recipe was inspired by my Aunt Lauri's butternut squash soup. I took out the milk and tweaked it a bit. If you prefer a thicker/creamier soup, you can mix in 1 cup of coconut milk after blending the soup. This soup is perfect for the fall, but you can't go wrong any time of year with this recipe!

Butternut Squash Soup:

 Serves: 8-12, Prep time: 20 min, Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 6lbs. butternut squash, peeled & chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3-5 small vidalia onions, chopped
  • 1 head elephant garlic, peeled & chopped
  • 8 cups organic chicken stock
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat coconut oil over medium heat
  2. Add onions and garlic and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft and fragrant
  3. Add squash and broth to the pot, and bring to a boil
  4. Lower heat to low, and cook 45-60 minutes until squash is soft
  5. Puree with immersion blender or transfer in batches to a blender or food processor
  6. Eat up!
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