BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND WHITE BEAN SOUP

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This comforting Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup is our current favorite amongst all the other soups I’ve shared this year. Grab the recipe below.

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Recipe Tip 1: Preparing the Soup

I prepared the soup the way I normally would by sautéing the onions and garlic first, and then adding the cubed butternut squash, fresh thyme leaves and homemade chicken broth. Once the simmering begins, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the aromas that will take over.

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Recipe Tip 2: Blend for Smoothness

Once the squash was soft enough (about 30 minutes of simmering), I blended the soup in my Vitamix to get a really creamy and smooth texture. After transferring it back to the pot, I added the white beans and chickpeas and salt and pepper to taste. You could easily stop right here and have a perfectly delicious soup, but wanted to take it one step further.

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Recipe Tip 3: Pearl Couscous Garnish

I created a unique garnish to give this soup a little twist, so in a separate pot, I made pearl couscous blended with chopped, roasted pistachios and thinly sliced scallions.

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Happy Cooking!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND WHITE BEAN SOUP

Ingredients

For the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

For the couscous garnish:

  • 1 cup couscous (flavored or original)
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup roasted pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

Instructions

For the soup:

  1. Heat a dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add olive oil and diced onion and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in minced garlic and mix for another minute being careful not to burn the garlic.
  4. Add the butternut squash cubes and fresh thyme.
  5. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  6. Turn heat down to medium low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes until the butternut squash is very tender.
  7. Using a Vitamix or immersion blender, blend the soup until it's smooth.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste and turn heat down to low.
  9. Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with couscous.

For the couscous garnish:

  1. In a separate pot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, water and couscous.
  2. Bring to a boil, uncovered.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the pistachios and scallions (and 1/2 of the spice packet if using flavored couscous) and simmer for another 5 minutes until couscous is tender.
  5. Let stand covered for 3-4 minutes before serving.
  6. Stir well and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

All images ©Regan Baroni 2017.

  1. mike

    November 7th, 2017 at

    Two of my favorites in one bowl – White beans and Butternut Squash!!! It Is Perfection!

  2. Regan

    November 10th, 2017 at

    I knew you’d love this one! Let’s make more this weekend!

  3. Kik

    November 7th, 2017 at

    Love the addition of couscous and roasted pistachios. Sounds like a delicious play on textures. Keep the soups coming!

  4. Regan

    November 10th, 2017 at

    Will do! Soups are my favorite this time of year!

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