Roasted Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup with Chive Oil

by Kris on February 23, 2011


As I sit here at the computer attempting to write a story, the only thing I can think about is the blistering burns on my wrists. I must warn you, soup is the most dangerous meal to make!

In recipes, it almost always tells you to carefully blend soup in batches. I hate following directions so today I decided I would try something different and just blend the whole thing to save time. As I poured the soup into the blender I snickered at the thought of people actually blending a cup at a time. What a waste of time I thought! I pressed the pulse button on my blender and suddenly an explosion of molten soup blasted the top off the blender hitting everything from my kitchen ceiling to my bare arms.

Cleaning soup from every nook and cranny in my kitchen was much more time consuming than had I simply blended it in batches. So you have been warned! Next time you want to save time by blending the whole thing at once, think of me spending an entire afternoon mopping soup off my ceiling fan with my burnt blistering arms.

1 Medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 Large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 Medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 Tsp. sea salt
1 Medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Granny smith apple, peeled and cubed
4 Stalks of celery, diced
3 Cups of low sodium chicken broth
2 Cups water
¼ Cup Chardonnay
Juice from one lemon
¼ Tsp. nutmeg
1 Tsp. dried thyme
½ Tsp. dried sage
½ Tsp. marjoram
1 Bay leaf
¼ Tsp. cayenne pepper
1 ½ Cups 2% Milk
1 Tbsp. fresh chives
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Preheat oven to 400

Place diced squash, sweet potato and carrots on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of olive oil and sea salt. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes, flipping the vegetables half way through. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large pot, heat remaining one tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté onions until they are translucent. Add garlic and cook for one minute more. Stir in the celery and apple and continue to sauté until vegetables begin to caramelize; about 5 minutes. Add roasted vegetables, stir to combine.

Pour in chicken broth, water, lemon juice, and Chardonnay. Season with nutmeg, thyme, sage, marjoram, bay leaf and cayenne pepper.

Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.

In small batches, carefully puree soup in a blender. Return to pot and slowly whisk in milk. Remove from heat.

Chive Oil

In a food processor combine olive oil and fresh chives. Pulse until smooth. Serve soup and drizzle with chive oil.

Soup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or it can be frozen for future use.

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Cookie and Kate November 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

Ouch! Sorry to hear about your mishap in the kitchen. That’s totally something I would do. This soup looks fabulous, though!

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munchinwithmunchkin November 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

You know, it was a lesson I had to learn sooner or later.

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