Butternut Squash Bisque

I’m shopping at Kroger one day and see butternut squash on sale. Hey! Great! I’ll make some macaroni & butternut-squash-cheese! (Recipe will be posted in the future!) No sooner am I out of the store then I get a text from my mom telling me to stop by her house because she bought a 1.5 lb. container of cubed butternut squash she found on sale at a different Kroger. It was time to find some butternut squash recipes. 

After poking around different recipe blogs and websites, I’ve learned that there aren’t a whole lot of options for ways to cook butternut squash. I found a decent-looking recipe over at allrecipes.com called “Butternut Squash Bisque” and gave it a shot! It was a little tough to adapt it completely to wfpb, so this recipe is more of a work-in-progress for me. The bisque has a sort of applesauce consistency without using the heavy cream—hopefully I can refine this a bit more to a bisque-like quality. Adding the plant-based milk helps a lot! 

Ingredients:

Servings: about 4 bowls-ish

  • ½ cup diced onions
  • ¾ cup diced carrots 
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash [the 1.5 lb. pack from Kroger worked well]
  • 3 cups vegetable stock/broth
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, or more to taste
  • 1 cup plant-based milk [I used almond milk]

Directions:

First you’ll need to bake the butternut squash, unless you buy it pre-cubed from a grocery store. This is going to be the longest part of the process. If you don’t know how to bake a butternut squash, type in “how to bake a butternut squash” and it’ll pop up the directions for you. Easy, but takes awhile.

Sauté the onion in water (or extra vegetable broth) until translucent. 

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Add all of the rest of the ingredients, except the milk, to the pot when the onion is done. Bring it to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.

IMG_20150707_174736Dump the entire pot into a blender or food processor. Add the plant-based milk (this will bring it from a darker orange to a lighter orange color). Mix until it’s as smooth as possible. 

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Dump the mix back into the pot and heat through, but do not boil. Add a dash of nutmeg at this point if you prefer a little more of it! 

IMG_20150707_182154All done! Serve warm.

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