Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Pepitas

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Roasting the squash makes it easier to peel and seed as well as deepens the flavor of its flesh, producing a richer, more flavorful soup. Garnishing the soup with pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds) adds visual interest and a pleasant nutty crunch.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 butternut squashes, about 3 lb. (1.5 kg) total
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) (3 oz./90 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 6 cups (46 fl. oz./1.5 l) vegetable broth
  • Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds) for garnish

Directions

Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C).

Using a paring knife, prick each squash several times with the tip. Place the whole squashes on a baking sheet and roast until tender and a knife penetrates the skin easily, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise and remove and discard the seeds and fibers. Scoop out the pulp into a bowl and set aside.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and sage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the broth and squash pulp, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for a few minutes to combine the flavors. Remove from the heat.

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Alternatively, use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the saucepan. Reheat the soup gently over medium-low heat. Stir in the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Ladle into warmed bowls and garnish with the pepitas. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

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