Creamy Butternut Squash and Turnip Soup

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Last night marked something significant.. our first frost of the season! And since it’s getting chilly, I thought it was time to bring out one of my favourite, super clean meals.. My Creamy Butternut Squash and Turnip Soup!

Vegan, full of fibre, and ready in a flash (at least as far as soups go), it’s a great Fall dinner. The texture tastes so naughty…but there isn’t an ounce of cream in sight! I like to pair it with a protein-heavy salad, like my World Famous Quinoa Salad. 

You’re gonna need:

1 white onion

1 large butternut squash

1 large turnip (aka rutabega)

4 cups vegetable stock

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (canola works just as well)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cilantro, to top (optional)

To start, grab a large soup pot and heat your oil on medium heat. Dice your onion.

 

 

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Once you’ve regained your sight, put your onions in the pot.

Onions always leave me sobbing!

Onions always leave me sobbing!

 

Let them cook for about 7 minutes, or until they become translucent. In the meanwhile, chop your turnip into about one-inch cubes (this most certainly does not need to be perfectly accurate).

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Take the opportunity to peel, deseed, and chop your squash, too.

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They look great together, don’t they?!

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Now, pour you chicken stock into the pot, along with your turnip and squash.

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Let it cook down, then add water. Repeat, repeat, repeat– no fewer than 20 minutes, though I suggest doing it for longer.

Now, you should have something that looks about like this:

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And you’re thinking ‘Molly, this doesn’t exactly look like a creamy soup’. Well, grab your hand blender and think again. If you don’t have a hand blender, a regular blender will do– its just a wee bit more work. Either way, remove the pot from heat, and blend the contents until smooth. You should end up with something along the lines of this:

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Much better, right?! Ladle into bowls, top with cilantro, and prepare for a super awesome, super clean taste explosion.

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Who knew something so simple could be so tasty?! Go ahead and have a second helping– this soup will fill you up, not fill you out.

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