The leaves are beautiful colours and the sky is blue, but there is a definite chill in the air. Fall is such a pretty time of the year, but I spend most of it acclimatizing to the frosty mornings and brisk winds. "Put on another sweater," is my mantra, but on these chilly days, I like to have something that warms me from the inside out. That's right, I'm talking about soup!
In the Venn diagram of seasonal eating, soup season nicely overlaps with butternut squash season. Oh, the wonderful butternut squash—what a versatile and scrumptious gourd! Not only does it make a delicious soup, but it also is extremely high in Vitamin A, beta-carotine, and antioxidants. Butternut squash is low in calories but high in fibre and very filling, making this a perfect meal for those of us who may have been pilfering the Halloween candy all month.
I love to use cashew cream to add that extra richness and flavour, but if nuts are not an option for you, full-fat coconut milk, soy cream, or heavy cream will also work well in this recipe.
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium and add onions. Sauté onions until browned and soft.
Add carrots, squash, vegetable stock, and seasonings to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer until vegetables are very soft, approximately 30-45 minutes.
In a blender or food processor, or using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or nutmeg if desired.
Stir in cashew cream (or substitute). Serve and enjoy!