Naked Butternut Squash Bisque
1 medium to large butternut squash
1 small potato (this is what makes it so creamy and smooth!)
3-4 cups organic vegetable broth
1-2 tablespoons olive oil for roasting
Salt and pepper to taste
*Optional: 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled
*Optional: dried powdered nutmeg, or fresh or dried sage, or creme fraiche for garnish
*NOTE: can be made with just about any type of winter squash such as kabocha, acorn, etc.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Carefully cut the squash and potato in half and drizzle and toss with 2 tablespoons oil, sea salt, and pepper.
Place in a roasting pan (with the optional ginger) and cover with foil. Roast them under foil for 30 minutes, then toss and continue to roast them uncovered until tender and golden brown, for 20-ish more minutes.
When cooked, allow to cool slightly and peel off and discard the skins. Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree mixture until smooth.
*NOTE: Start with 3 cups of broth, and add more broth until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
Pour into a soup pot and bring to a nice simmer until steaming hot.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, serve and enjoy!
Butternut Squash: This nutrient rich beauty is low in fat and high in fiber which makes ideal for any heart-healthy menu. Butternut squash is also an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and folate. It’s rich orange hue tells that it is also packed with an important carotenoid, beta-carotene. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Potatoes: Potatoes come in a bunch of varieties and are a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. When prepared properly (read: NOT french fries or potato chips) they can help protect against cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and certain cancers. See here for additional health benefits and nutritional info.