Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 butternut squash
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 pound of prosciutto, chopped into cubes
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 32oz of chicken stock (low sodium, or homemade)
  • 1 table spoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground clove (and/or pumpkin spice)
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/8 cup of Maple syrup (can sub with honey, brown sugar, or agave)
  • Salt, and white pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400º. Slice squash in half, remove seeds. Roast squash for 34-45 minutes, or until they are bright in color, and can easily poke with a fork. Allow to cool enough to peel skin off squash.

In a medium sauce pan, sauté onion utilizing the olive oil over medium heat. Add in prosciutto when the onions are almost translucent. Allow prosciutto to brown. Add in squash, stock, and seasonings. Emulsify (alt: use a masher, or puree the squash before putting in pot). Add maple syrup, simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing soup to reduce. Taste, add additional seasonings as need be. Serve hot.

Vegan options:

  • Omit prosciutto
  • Sub vegetable stock for chicken stock

Side note: Don’t throw out the seeds. Toasting them makes for a great snack, or salad topper! Spread seeds single layer on a sheet pan, lightly salt, bake in the oven (you can do this with the squash, the oven is already on) for about 15 minutes, or until brown.

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