Sunday, February 13, 2011

Butternut Squash & Sage Soup

Not your ordinary cup-a-soup!

I'm on a soup kick. Black bean, pumpkin, and chicken noodle soups...all made from scratch recently. This one is butternut squash and sage. The two flavours work really well together to make a creamy and hearty soup. But don't mistake the creaminess for calories...there is no cream in the recipe. In fact, the calorie count for a cup and a half is about 200.

You also have the option of steaming or roasting the squash. I prefer the roasting method as it brings out more flavour and natural sweetness of the squash. If you choose to steam it peel and chop the squash into 2 inch chunks before steaming. If you roast it, I recommend 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Just cut the squash lengthwise in half and rub with a little olive oil and salt. Place on a pan cut side down. Once roasted and cool enough to touch, scrape out squash and you're ready to go.

3 medium size butternut squash
1 large sweet vidalia onion, chopped
1 medium leek, chopped (white and light green parts only)
1 apple, peeled and cored, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable)
2 tsp oil
1-1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp pepper
salt to taste

What to do
  • Steam or roast squash as discussed above.
  • Add oil to frying pan and saute onion, leek and apple over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add pepper, garlic and sage. Saute for another minute.
  • Add stalk and squash.
  • Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Using immersion blender, puree soup. If using a regular blender, puree in batches.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Enjoy now or freeze for later!


  1. I'm with you totally, as you don't need cream to make it creamy: just delicious and healthy. Love sage and love your story about everything happening in the kitchen. Wish I could drop by and join in the fun, cooking, conversations and ....homework!

  2. Love it! I'm on a butternut squash soup kick and your recipe is a bit different from what I've been using. I'm ready for a change up!
    Beautiful serving set BTW!

  3. I LOVE this dish!!! It's so wonderful. The pink and gold china is to die for. Thanks for sharing this. cheers!

  4. i love bnut squash soup! never thought to include sage!

  5. Wonderful flavors in this, C! It's amazing how creamy a soup like this can be without actually using any cream.