Silky smooth and full of fall flavor! This Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup has just the right balance of savory and sweet.
I had my first experience roasting a pumpkin a couple weekends ago. I don’t know what’s taken me so long. For some reason it always seemed intimidating, but it’s actually just like roasting any other kind of squash. When you buy a pumpkin to roast don’t buy the kind you carve for Halloween. Those are way too big and often have a very stringy flesh, not what you want in a creamy soup like this Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup.
You’ll want to buy what they call a sugar pumpkin which is meant for eating not decorating. The roasting process is exactly the same as other winter squash. I quartered mine, scooped out the seeds, drizzle with a little olive oil, then placed it on a foil lined baking sheet to roast. I used half of the pumpkin in this soup and the other half I puréed in my food processor to use for something else. When you roast squash just like any other vegetable the flavor turns sweeter and more intense. Since this soup doesn’t have a ton of ingredients in it you want all the flavor you can get.
Unlike a lot of butternut squash soups, this one isn’t overly sweet. I don’t like when squash soups taste more like dessert than dinner. The only sweetener in the soup are the natural ones coming from the butternut squash and pumpkin. The other ingredients you’ll use are an onion, garlic, coriander and white pepper. I liked using the white pepper because the flavor was more complex and there was less heat. The coriander added a slight citrusy warm spiced flavor that went well with the sweetness of the squash.
Since I’m a texture freak I topped the soup with toasted spiced pepitas. Of course I ate half of them before they ever made it to the soup, but what did make it on was the perfect nutty crunch. I always need to add some kind of crunch to a puréed soup, otherwise I feel like I’m eating baby food. Since there isn’t any dairy or pasta in this soup you can freeze it for a cold night when you don’t have time to mess with cooking dinner. Enjoy!
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