Roasted Butternut Squash {Spiderweb} Soup

by Kelli on October 14, 2013

Make this Roasted Butternut Squash {Spiderweb} Soup for a spooky Halloween lunch or dinner.

{Spiderweb} Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Confession….I started cultivating my Pinterest Halloween board way back in August.  You know, the time when everyone was still thinking about fruity summer cocktails, popsicles and grilling.  I  had a little down time and thought I’d get the ball rolling with a pin or two here and there.  But, as we all know, when it comes to Pinterest, there’s no such thing as a pin or two here and there.  That’s more laughable than trying to eat just one potato chip.

Also, a big thank you to Pinterest for adding the secret board feature, so no one actually knew what I was up to back in August.

{Spiderweb} Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

{Spiderweb} Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I used low fat sour cream to create the spiderweb.  You can also use Greek yogurt or creme fraiche.  Add 3-4 tablespoons of sour cream to a small Ziploc bag.  Seal the bag, and use scissors to snip off a tiny corner of the bag.  If you’re not sure the hole is big enough, try doing a test run on a napkin first.  Remember, you can always cut more off to make the hole larger.

Starting at the center of your bowl, and working your way to the edge, drizzle the sour cream in a spiral.  To create the spiderweb, drag the end of a wooden skewer from the center of the circle to just beyond the outer edge.  Do this six to eight times around the entire circle.  I prefer using wooden skewers over toothpicks since they’re a little thicker.

{Spiderweb} Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I have a real thing for butternut squash.  Especially when it’s roasted or caramelized.  Andddd, also when it’s pureed and used to make quick bread (yum!).  I also have a thing for thick, creamy soup….but creamy, without the cream.  So, roasted butternut squash soup, flavored with warm spices and a hint of tart apple, seemed like a no-brainer.

If you’re not quite as keen a thick soup, I’ve got you covered!  Just add an additional cup (6 cups, instead of 5) of broth during the cooking process.  You can also easily make this soup vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Roasted Butternut Squash {Spiderweb} Soup

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 two and a half - three pound butternut squash
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored & diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons corriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5-6 cups chicken broth
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (for the spiderweb)
  • 1 wooden skewer

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel, remove the seeds and roughly dice the squash into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, flip the pieces of squash over and baking for another 10 minutes, or until the pieces of squash have browned. Remove the squash from the oven.

While the squash is roasting begin to prepare the soup.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add in the onion, carrot, celery, apple, garlic, sage, corriander, cinnamon, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper. Stir to combine. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.

Stir in the broth*, bay leaf and roasted squash. Bring the soup to a boil, them reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Or, transfer the soup to a standard blender to puree, working in batches if necessary.

To Make the Spiderweb:

Add 3-4 tablespoons of sour cream to a small Ziploc bag. Seal the bag, and use scissors to snip off a tiny corner of the bag. Starting at the center of the bowl, and working your way to the edge, drizzle the sour cream in a spiral. To create the spiderweb, drag the end of a wooden skewer from the center of the circle to just beyond the outer edge. Do this six to eight times around the entire circle.

Serve immediately.

Notes

* Use 5 cups of broth for a thicker soup (this is what I used) or 6 cups for a slightly thinner soup.

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{Spiderweb} Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Enjoy!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Tieghan October 14, 2013 at 7:56 AM

This is so fun, so cute and I et so delicious too! triple threat soup. I love it! :) Perfect for Halloween!

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Kelli October 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Triple threat…I love it! Thanks, Tieghan!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats October 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM

This is so cute! I wish I had kids so I could make this for them…maybe I could surprise my hubby :)

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Kelli October 14, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Thanks, Amy! You should totally make it to surprise the hubs!

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Julia October 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I have ALWAYS wondered how people made those cool designs in soups! I’m so thrilled about this! I need to go make soup and make designs in it…ohhhh this could get inappropriate!! ;)

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Kelli October 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Hahaha…so much fun to be had! I totally just figured it out…sort of surprised at how shocking easy it is.

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Abby October 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

So cute!! I love fall soups, it’s the best way to eat cozy but still healthy!

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Kelli October 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Thanks, Abby!

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Anne|Craving SomethingHealthy October 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Adorable! Just pinned it to my Holiday Foods board (which I think I also started in August :))!

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Kelli October 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Nothing like getting an early start :) Thanks for pinning, Anne!

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Olena@iFOODreal October 14, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Looks very pretty.:)

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Kelli October 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Thanks so much Olena!

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Joanne October 15, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Secret boards really are a godsend sometimes. So people don’t think you’re insane for being three seasons ahead!

This soup is uber adorable. Your cobwebs look like professional spider-quality stuff!

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Kelli October 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Thanks, friend! It took me a while to truly appreciate the value of the secret boards…don’t know what I’d do without them now!

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