The days are getting shorter, and the air carries a crisp, earthy scent that can only mean one thing: autumn has arrived. It's the season of vibrant foliage, cozy sweaters, and of course, hearty, soul-warming dishes. If you're looking for a comforting recipe that encapsulates all the flavours of fall, our Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect choice. This velvety soup not only boasts the earthy goodness of butternut squash but also features the delightful sweetness of pure, organic maple syrup. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the season's finest flavours.
Ingredients You'll Need:
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup Maple Roch pure organic maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh sage leaves (for garnish)
1. Roasting the Butternut Squash
The magic begins with roasting the butternut squash. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Peel and cube the squash, then toss it with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and roast until they're tender and slightly caramelized, about 30 minutes. The roasting process not only intensifies the squash's flavour but also brings out its natural sweetness.
2. Sautéing the Aromatics
In a large pot, sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic until they become fragrant and translucent. This forms the flavourful base of your soup, adding depth and complexity to the final dish.
3. Simmering with Vegetable Broth
Now, add the roasted butternut squash to the pot and pour in the vegetable broth. Let it all simmer together for about 15 minutes. This simmering allows the flavours to meld, creating a harmonious blend of ingredients.
4. Blending to Smooth Perfection
Using an immersion blender or a countertop blender, carefully puree the soup until it's smooth and velvety. If using a countertop blender, blend the soup in batches, being cautious with hot liquids.
5. Infusing with Maple Magic
Return the blended soup to the pot and stir in the star of the show: pure organic maple syrup. This liquid gold adds a warm, comforting sweetness to the soup that's perfect for fall. Don't forget to sprinkle in some ground cinnamon, which pairs beautifully with the maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6. The Finishing Touch
Allow the soup to simmer for an additional 5 minutes, giving the flavours one last chance to meld together. Just before serving, garnish each bowl with a few fresh sage leaves for a touch of earthy fragrance and visual appeal.
7. Savor the Seasonal Bliss
Ladle this soul-soothing Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash Soup into bowls, and let the aroma of fall embrace your senses. The velvety texture, combined with the subtle sweetness of maple, will warm your heart and comfort your soul. It's the essence of autumn in a bowl.
Whether you're preparing this soup as a cozy weeknight dinner or a delightful appetizer for Thanksgiving, it's sure to be a hit with family and friends. Serve it with a side of crusty bread or a light salad for a complete meal that celebrates the flavours of fall.
As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and gold, invite the essence of autumn into your kitchen with our Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. The combination of roasted butternut squash and pure, organic maple syrup creates a symphony of flavours that will leave you craving more. It's a celebration of the season's bounty, captured in every spoonful. So, embrace the coziness of fall and savor the warmth of this delightful soup. Happy cooking, and may your autumn be filled with delicious moments!