Photos and recipe updated 1/8/18. Original writing remains, with some additions.
Tonight’s dish is the delicious product of combining squash, pear, and coconut flavors into a Butternut Squash and Pear Soup (creative title, huh?). Sounds dreamy, right? And it really is! You’ll be in veg heaven when you indulge in this one, folks (plus warm and cozy).
I love soup in the winter time, especially when it’s a vehicle to get in more veggies! Think about it, would you ever try combining butternut squash, leeks, and pears in one dish? Ok, maybe you would have, but luckily I thought of it for you…and now you have a nourishing, plant-based dish to try that will increase your fruit and veg intake.
Plus, do you know how healthy pumpkin seeds are? They are filled with zinc, a key nutrient for our immune system. Getting enough zinc, especially during the winter, will help you stay healthy throughout these cold months ahead.
Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
This creamy vegan soup is delicately sweet and bursting with flavor. With hints of coconut and thyme, one bowl won't be enough!
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 cups leeks finely chopped, or you can use green onions
- 1 butternut squash peeled and diced
- 4 small pears peeled and diced (I used Anjou pears but any would work)
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 15.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme diced
- Pinch sea salt
- Pinch ground black pepper
- pumpkin seeds to garnish
In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add leeks or green onions and saute for ~5 minutes. Add pears and butternut squash, and saute for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until squash is tender. Remove from heat, stir in coconut milk.
Use an immersion blender, or transfer in batches to a regular blender to puree. Be careful if you are transferring the soup, as it will be very hot!
Add thyme, salt and pepper to pureed soup. Serve warm garnished with pumpkin seeds.
*Pro tip: you can blend the coconut milk in a blender for a few seconds if it is separated! This soup also freezes very well, and is a great option to reheat for busy nights.
Just because I love how dreamy this looks, here’s another close up!
Enjoy your week!