This decadent squash soup is a perfect combination of sweetness and creaminess. The butternut squash, onions, and garlic are sautéed in olive oil until the onions are translucent, then simmered in a rich and flavorful chicken broth. The soup is finished off with a generous addition of heavy cream and creme fraiche, and pureed until it’s velvety smooth. The finished soup is garnished with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of black pepper for a unique and delicious way to enjoy butternut squash! Pair with Chardonnay for an unbeatable, autumnal pairing.
Butternut Squash & Creme Fraiche Soup!
-4 cups chicken broth
-4 cups cubed butternut squash
-1 cup diced onion
-1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1 teaspoon sea salt
-3/4 cup heavy cream
-1/2 cup creme fraiche
1. Heat up a large pot over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil
2. Saute the onion, garlic, and thyme until the onion is translucent
3. Add the chicken broth and butternut squash cubes
4. Simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the squash is tender
5. Stir in the heavy cream and creme fraiche
6. Puree the soup in batches in a blender or with an immersion blender
7. Serve with a garnish of crème fraiche and a sprinkle of black pepper
Pair with: Chardonnay
Butternut Squash & Creme Fraiche Soup: An Achingly Rich and Delicious Autumnal Favorite
This decadent soup is the perfect combination of sweetness and creaminess, making it no wonder why people go wild for it during the chill of autumn. The base of the soup is a combination of butternut squash, onions, and garlic sautéed in olive oil until the onions are just translucent. A rich and flavorful chicken broth lends further flavor as it simmers. The finishing touches of heavy cream and creme fraiche, and then pureed into a velvety smooth texture, makes the finished product soothing and satisfying to the soul. Finally, a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of black pepper finishes the dish off for a truly unique and delicious way to enjoy butternut squash. Pair the soup with Chardonnay for an unbeatable autumnal pairing.
A Gluten-Free Nutritious Twist on an Autumn Classic
Making this soup gluten-free is an easy way to adjust the recipe to suit special dietary needs, while simultaneously making the most nutritious version of the dish. To make the soup gluten-free, all that is necessary is to swap the chicken broth for a gluten-free version, such as a vegetarian, low-sodium broth. Additionally, check the ingredients list on the creme fraiche package to make sure it is not made with any wheat derivatives or gluten. Making small substitutions such as this can make a big difference in nutrition without sacrificing flavor.
A Velvety Smooth and Deliciously Dairy-Free Version of Butternut Squash & Creme Fraiche Soup
For those who prefer a vegan version of the butternut squash & creme fraiche soup, making a few tweaks to the recipe can make the difference. Instead of using butter to sauté the squash, onions, and garlic, substitute with a neutral flavored oil, such as avocado or grape-seed oil. Furthermore, forgo the heavy cream, and try a coconut cream in place of the creme fraiche as a dairy-free alternative. A splash of nut milk at the end of the process will add a bit of richness and a hint of nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the squash and coconut cream.
A Unique and Delicious Way to Enjoy Butternut Squash
The sweet, caramelized flavor of butternut squash is the natural star of this delightful soup. While the onions, garlic and creamy broth offer a fantastic supporting role, the squash steals the show. Its silky texture is an ideal base for creamy additions, and its lightly sweet notes take this soup from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether served as a starter or a main course, the butternut squash & creme fraiche soup is a beautiful, delicious, and nutritious way to enjoy this delectable autumnal vegetable.
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