As a busy mom of three picky eaters, I’m always looking for ways to sneak more vegetables into meals. This Vitamix butternut squash soup is a winner in our house! The sweet, creamy flavor satisfies even my veggie-averse kids.
In this recipe, I’ll show how I get my kids to gobble up their veggies by blending butternut squash in our Vitamix until it’s perfectly smooth and creamy. So, let’s start with ingredients and then we will move on to the recipe.
ingredients for Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup
So, here are the ingredients for Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup.
- 1¾ cup (250 g) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, roasted
- 1 Tablespoon (100 g) small apple, seeded, halved
- 1 Tablespoon (45 g) celery stalk
- 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to make Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
- Place the squash halves on a baking sheet and roast for 45-50 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.
- In a Vitamix container, add the roasted butternut squash, apple, celery, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper.
- Blend on high speed for about 1 minute, or until the soup is smooth and creamy.
- Pour the soup into a pot and heat over medium heat until hot.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
What is the alternative to roasting butternut squash for Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup?
Yes, there are alternatives to roasting butternut squash for Vitamix Butternut Squash Soup.
Here are some options:
- Boiling: You can boil the butternut squash in a pot of water until it’s tender, and then blend it in the Vitamix with the other ingredients. This method is quicker than roasting, but may result in a slightly less flavorful soup.
- Steaming: You can steam the butternut squash in a steamer basket until it’s tender, and then blend it in the Vitamix with the other ingredients. This method is similar to boiling, but may help retain more of the squash’s nutrients.
- Microwaving: You can microwave the butternut squash in a microwave-safe dish with a little bit of water until it’s tender, and then blend it in the Vitamix with the other ingredients. This method is the quickest, but may result in a slightly less flavorful soup.
- Sautéing: You can sauté the butternut squash in a pan with a little bit of oil until it’s tender and lightly browned, and then blend it in the Vitamix with the other ingredients. This method may add some extra flavor to the soup.
How does the flavor of the soup change when the squash is not roasted?
The flavor of the soup may change when the squash is not roasted.
Here are some possible effects:
- The soup may have a less intense, slightly sweeter flavor, as roasting helps to caramelize the natural sugars in the squash and deepen its flavor.
- The soup may have a slightly less complex flavor profile, as roasting can add smoky, earthy, and nutty notes to the squash.
- The soup may be less rich and creamy, as roasting can help to concentrate the flavors and thicken the texture of the squash.
- However, some recipes suggest that the soup can still be flavorful and delicious without roasting the squash, especially if other flavorful ingredients are used, such as spices, herbs, or aromatics.