I recently made this soup and it was so good, I want to share it with you! It's gluten-free and dairy-free. This recipe was on my weekly meal plan from gfreecuisine.com. It was really easy to make (bonus!).
Winter Vegetable Soup
Prep time 25 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, cored & chopped
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped
2 carrots, peeled & chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled & chopped
5 1/2 cups GF vegetable broth
1/4 cup maple syrup
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil
1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.Add apple, squash, carrots, and sweet potato; season with salt and pepper and sauté 5 minutes.
2. Add broth, bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Add syrup, cayenne, and nutmeg. Cool slightly.
3. Using a potato masher, mash vegetables in the soup until slightly pureed. Ladle into bowls.
4. Garnish with chopped fresh basil, if desired.
PEELING BUTTERNUT SQUASH
Unlike summer squash, the peel of a butternut squash is very thick. You'll need a good, heavy chef's knife to cut through the skin. Cut off both ends and quarter the squash. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and fibers and discard. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel. If you run into those tough bumpy sections, you'll have to cut them off with a knife because the peeler won't go through it.
We paired this soup with some cheesy artichoke bread (used Udi's whole grain bread). The recipe I used was a little heavy on the sour cream, so I'm not going to share that one. It was good, just not as good as I'd have liked (I want to make it again with a few tweaks - then if it's good, I'll share). You can look up cheesy artichoke bread and just replace the french bread that is usually called for with Udi's and make sure all the other ingredients are gluten-free.
A simply wonderful meal - even the kids liked it!