So this past weekend, San Diego was COLD and rainy. Yes it gets cold here sometimes. (I'm being dramatic, it was like 50's) but still windy! Anyways, I was craving a decadent soup and this roasted butternut squash soup hits the spot every time.
- 1 butternut squash
- 4 celery stalks
- 4 carrots
- 1 onion
- 1 can tomatoes
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 box organic veggie/chicken broth
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can corn
- green onions
1. To start, I cut the ends off the butternut squash, like a half inch each side and cut it in half. Remove the seeds and throw that sh*t out.
2. Roast the squash at 350º F for about an hour. I like to drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper on top.
3. Meanwhile, cut up celery, carrots, and onion and put into the crock pot with the full box of broth.
4. Turn on crock pot: HIGH for 3-4 hours and LOW for 4-5 hours. Add the can of tomatoes and tomato paste. Cover.
5. Once the butternut squash is squishy, (I usually use a fork to tell if it's done) remove from oven and let cool.
6. I start to cube the squash to get the skin off easier. Peel as much skin off as you can, but no worries if there is some on the squash.
7. Add the cubes to the crock pot. Let the crock pot do its thang for another hour or so until carrots and onions are cooked.
8. Last but not least, I take my handy-dandy KitchenAid Hand Mixer to blend all the goods together in the crock pot. I'm not sure if its good to literally blend inside the crock pot, but whatever. After that I add salt, pepper, spices to taste and blend again. You can blend that sucker as long as you want and it really depends on how chunky/creamy you want your soup to be. I usually have it medium consistency with a few carrots popping up here and there.
9. Ry guy doesn't like and chunks so after that we are done with the soup! I like mine with something to bite and chew so I put in black beans and corn on mine along with some green scallions and A LOT of crushed red pepper :D It's also good with sriracha and feta cheese sprinkled in!
*Customize how ever you like and ENJOY! So good and comforting on a cold weekend!
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