Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

Butternut squash, spinach, sage, celery, onion, and garlic. This is a savory soup that's perfect for the cooler months of the year.  Not only that, it cooks up fast, especially if you use frozen butternut squash.  The entire soup leaves you wanting more, and that's the sign of a hit! 

As a variation, stir in 1 cup of dehydrated soy curls before serving, and give it 10 minutes for them to reconstitute.  Or add some prepared orzo pasta for a heartier soup.  Or if you are feeling it, do both!  If you are feeling particularly fancy, top with fried fresh sage leaves (in a skillet add a bit of oil, drop in fresh sage leaves, and fry until slightly crisped).  We may have eaten a few fried sage leaves along the way ;)

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Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 Tbsp fresh sage or ½ tsp dried sage

2 bay leaves

3 ½ cups butternut squash (I used frozen butternut squash)

1 13.5 ounce can of lite coconut milk

2 cups broth (fake chicken or vegetable)

2-3 Tbsp lemon juice

1 cup fresh spinach

Pinch of nutmeg

Salt

Black Pepper

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

1. In a large heavy pot or dutch oven, add olive oil, garlic, onion, celery, sage, bay leaves, salt, and black pepper over medium heat.  Sauté for ~5 minutes.  

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

2. Add butternut squash, coconut milk, and broth.  Cover with a lid, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.  Once it's done simmering, remove the pot from heat, pull out the bay leaves, and blend the soup in a blender, food processor or with an immersion blender until it's completely smooth.  Stir in lemon juice, spinach, and nutmeg.  Taste, and adjust seasonings (more salt?  lemon?).  Serve with fried sage leaves on top (see note above) or a dash of nutmeg.

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup