Comfort food at its finest! Any kind of squash soup is seriously the perfect comfort food. And while it is getting warmer out there, with everything going on in the world, sometimes you need some good comfort food. Today we are cracking open Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook again and trying her Butternut Squash Soup!
Ingredients you will need:
- 1 large butternut squash – Peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 16 sage leaves
- 1 medium onion – chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 6 Prosciutto Crisps
Let’s start with the butternut squash, it needed to be cut, peeled and seeded. I have NEVER done this before. Seriously, was not entirely sure how to do it so I googled how to do it like anyone else. Gimme Some Oven has a great step by step tutorial that you can access here: How to Cut Butternut Squash. Definitely soften the squash because otherwise it is a giant pain to cut and peel!
After you get the squash peeled and cut into cubes place it into a mixing bowl and put one tablespoon olive oil, and your salt and pepper into the bowl. Mix until all the pieces have the mixture on them. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large pot and put it on medium heat. Then place half of your squash in the pot and make sure they are in a single layer, they should not be overlapping or in two rows. Don’t move the squash for 7 minutes while the bottoms get soft and browned. Flip the squash and pull up any brown bits, let sit for another 5 minutes and then add a splash of chicken broth to get the remaining brown bits. Transfer to a mixing bowl and repeat the process with the second batch of squash. Only difference is the second batch stays in the pot.
While the second batch of squash is cooking get your other ingredients prepared. Grab 4 sage leaves and finely chop them. Then take a medium onion and chop that into small pieces. Once your second batch of squash is cooked, take your onion, sage and garlic and add them to the mixture. Let this sit for 8-9 minutes while the onion cooks and becomes translucent. After that, add the rest of the chicken broth and let it simmer for 25 minutes so the squash gets soft and starts to come apart.
While the squash is simmering, work on your crisp sage leaves and prosciutto. Bring about 1/2 inch of olive oil to a hot simmer. Then add batches of sage leaves, I recommend 3 at a time so its easy to manage, to the oil. They will quickly cook, it only takes about 10 second. Then pull them out onto a paper towel so the excess oil gets soaked up. For the prosciutto, line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Then layer the prosciutto in a single line so nothing is overlapping. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. They will come out nice and crispy. Both the sage leaves and prosciutto need set aside until the end.
Once you have your cooked squash, transfer to a blender. Mine fit in one batch but you may need two depending on your blender. Blend the mix for a few minutes until the pieces are mixed together. This only took 2-3 minutes at the most.
Pour your blended mixture back into the pot and add your heavy cream and mix. Then put the pot on low and let the cream and soup blend and heat up to a nice temperature. Move your soup to individual bowls. Once in individual bowls add a small spoonful of heavy cream to the top. Then add the crispy prosciutto and two crisp sage leaves. You are then good to serve!
Overall Review Score: 4/5
All in all, I would say this was a fantastic recipe. It definitely took some time, but the flavors in the soup are fantastic! For those who love squash this is definitely the recipe for you! If you try the recipe let me know what you think below!