Quick-n-Easy Butternut Squash Ginger Soup

Soup, a mélange of herbs, vegetables, meat, or seafood in a savory broth, is a staple in almost every country and culture on earth.  It is the universal comfort food, medicine, and elixir. According to The Vegetarian Times magazine, “Nearly every culture turns to soup to heal, nourish, and soothe.”  Soup is not known, traditionally, as part of a quick meal, but recipes are changing to reflect the availability of ingredients like instant soup bases, pre-cut ingredients, and Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs.

I’m a major fan of Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs. I love fresh herbs and aromatics, and I use them often. However, after a long day of teaching and after-school bus duty, I’m not always up for chopping onions, garlic, and herbs. Take away my jars of Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs,  and I believe I would suffer from withdrawal. I’d miss the fresh aromas and the convenience of shaking fresh tasting, flavorful herbs and aromatics directly into the pot.

Blending Squash Blending Squash

 

Now that the air is getting crisp, there’s soup on my stove at least twice a week. I like using winter squash, like butternut and acorn, as soup ingredients. With winter squash, it’s possible to make a creamy soup without cream or milk.  Butternut squash, in particular, is brimming with Vitamin A—one cup of cubed, raw squash contains 457% of one’s daily allowance for Vitamin A and 52% of the daily allowance for Vitamin C.

Ginger in Broth Ginger in Broth

 

The flavors of butternut squash and ginger are compatible. The mild sweetness of butternut squash gets a bit of zesty heat from ginger. For this Butternut Squash Ginger Soup recipe, I saved time by using pre-cut, packaged butternut squash, which I microwaved to retain as much of the Vitamin A and Vitamin C as possible. I used a tea infuser to add flavor from the Litehouse Instantly Fresh Ginger directly into the vegetable broth—this method also prevents woody bits of ginger from seeping into the broth. Save time chopping garlic and onions (and save your tears) by adding Instantly Fresh Garlic and Instantly Fresh Red Onion to the broth as well. These freeze-dried aromatics are great to have on hand for fast soups, stews, and other dishes.

Microwaved Butternut Squash Microwaved Butternut Squash

 

This fall, let tradition and convenience mingle in one pot in your kitchen. Stock up on Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs and make soup that’s quick, easy, savory, and scrumptious.

Quick-n-Easy Butternut Squash Ginger Soup

Serves 6-8 | Finish in 30 minutes
0

A creamy Butternut Squash Ginger Soup with warming ginger is quick and easy with Litehouse Instantly Fresh Ginger. Instantly Fresh Garlic and Instantly Fresh Red Onion help to form a flavorful soup base.

Ingredients

2 pounds prepared ready-to-cook butternut squash,
¼ cup water,
32-ounce box vegetable broth (or chicken broth if you prefer) reserve ½ cup,
1-2 Tbsps. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Ginger,
1Tbsp. Instantly Fresh Red Onion,
1 tsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Garlic,
1 Tbsp. sea salt,
Cracked pepper,
½ teaspoon Creamy Cilantro Dressing (per serving),

Directions

1. Place butternut squash cubes in a large microwave-safe vegetable steamer or bowl with ¼ cup water. Follow package directions for microwaving or microwave squash on high for 5-minute intervals until soft (a minimum of 10 minutes). Put squash aside and let it sit for five minutes.

2. While squash is sitting, pour all but ½ cup of packaged broth into soup pot and heat broth until it simmers.

3. Stuff one Tbsp. Instantly Fresh Ginger at a time into tea infuser or make a bouquet garni and allow it to steep for five minutes. Taste the broth and steep another tablespoon of Instantly Fresh Ginger if desired.

4. Add Instantly Fresh Garlic and Instantly Fresh Red Onion to the broth and return to simmer. Add salt and pepper to broth, and then add the squash.

5. Using a immersible blender, blend squash until all chunks and seasonings disappear. If soup seems too thick, slowly add reserved broth and continue blending until soup’s consistency is smooth.

6. Place soup in serving bowls. With the tip of a teaspoon, place four dots of Creamy Cilantro Dressing in a circle in the middle of the bowl. Connect the dots with a toothpick to create an artful pattern in the soup. Serve hot.

7. Refrigerate or freeze any leftover soup.


Related Recipes