Chipotle Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe will warm you and your family, heart and soul.  The chipotle peppers impart a slightly sweet and smoky flavor that adds interest and dimension without being overwhelming. Together with some of the adobo sauce, in which they come packed, they will add a little fire and kick, too.  You can decide how much.  Garnish each serving with a generous sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds (‘pepitas’ in Mexico) to add some crunch.  And if you want to impress, drizzle a swirl of cream and a fresh cilantro.  You’ll dazzle their taste-buds; you don’t have to tell them it’s a superfood of antioxidants, when they ask for more.  It’s a great starter or pair with a salad of fresh greens, avocado, craisins in an olive oil/blue cheese vinaigrette and some crusty whole grain bread for a perfect meal.

Recipe (to serve 8)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

 Ingredients:

  • 2 large butternut squash, cut in half length-wise, scooped clean of seeds and fiber
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil (to brown onions)
  • 2 cups free range (or homemade) broth (chicken or vegetable, either is perfect)
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers (Chipotle Peppers packed in Adobo Sauce, in the Hispanic section of your grocery store)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Adobo sauce
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, roasted
  • ¼ cup cream (totally optional)
  • Cilantro, stemmed and chopped small (totally optional)

Directions:

  1. Place butternut squash flesh side own on a cookie sheet or in an oven proof glass pan, add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, barely.  Roast in the oven until very fork tender, about 40 minutes.  Watch that they do not burn.
  2. Meanwhile, dice onion, then sautee until slightly brown.
  3. Remove the oven, allow to cool slightly , then scoop flesh into a blender (you can use a pot and immersion blender instead of you have one).
  4. Add the browned onions, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce.  Process or blend, adding the broth until you achieve desired thickness/consistency.
  5. Make ahead a day if you can, flavors enhance, and just reheat to serve.
  6. Garnish and serve with a chipotle-warm smile!

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