Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

This Creamy Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect soup, topped with fresh orange zest, to share with a friend or neighbor!

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Growing up, I was taught to have only family and church people over for dinner. And my parents did a beautiful job with that. But now, for almost 25 years of marriage, my husband and I have done it differently than the way I was raised. We open our home to all walks of life, faiths, political views, and in the process, we’ve shown our kids the endless lack of boundaries of hospitality.

So when my friend sent me this Huff Post article, I had to share it on Facebook. And believe me, it’s never to criticize, because like I said, no one hosted in a more generous, loving way than my mom and dad. I learned so much from them! But, I do not remember one meal in our home with our neighbors.

Life is about being responsible and accountable for what we know, and I want to encourage you today to expand your boundaries.

Putting the many dietary issues aside (and by the way, if you just serve fresh foods and possibly one meat dish, everyone should be happy at the table!), we too have learned that “the food we eat and the people with whom we eat all week long is mysteriously connected to the sacramental meal of bread and wine we eat at church on Sundays.”

And we, too, still invite our church friends to dinner, but the people around our table are never the same.

The same as “us.”

One of the gifts of hosting so many different people in our home has been the generous invitation to their tables, where we, in turn, learn and experience precious moments in other homes. We learn about their lives.

What a gift it is to eat and drink together with people who want to make a difference in this world.

I’ve said it so many times on my blog: People need people! We have so much to offer each other, and to learn from each other.

Doing this over a simple meal, I know, comes from the heart of God. That we come together, with different opinions, to break down the walls, and watch as God teaches us new things! I wrote more about reaching out, here.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe today, is simple, and perfect to share with your neighbors!

I always bake my butternut squash. You can even bake it the day before you’re ready to make the soup!

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Delicious enough to share with a friend or neighbor!

How do you expand your guest list beyond family and church friends?

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Orange zest

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss butternut squash with 2 Tbsp. olive oil; season with salt and black pepper. Arrange coated squash on a baking sheet. Roast until squash is tender and lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  2. In a blender, add the squash and broth; blend until smooth.
  3. In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp. oil on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shallots; cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the pureed butternut mixture, evaporated milk, cinnamon, cayenne pepper. Stir; salt and pepper to taste. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Serve with orange zest and fresh ground pepper.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect soup, topped with fresh orange zest, to share with a friend or neighbor!

More Creamy Soup recipes:

Creamy Tortellini Soup {Diethood}

Creamy Broccoli Soup {RE}

Lightened Up Broccoli Cheese Soup {Aggie’s Kitchen}

15 comments

  1. YUM! Sounds so good. I’ve done a Butternut Squash soup before too..so easy and so good.

  2. Oh Sandy I could use a bowl of this today! Looks amazing!

  3. I can’t wait to try this.  It just looks so cozy.  And thank you for the encouragement to gather neighbors, friends, and family around our tables.  I needed that!

  4. OH my goodness, it is so cold here and this look so creamy and perfect! Yum!

  5. This is al I want tonight while I’m on the couch watching a movie :)

  6. I made this Sunday and it was so sweet I had to toss it out. It was like eating pure sugar with pumpkin flavor. If I make it again I will use UNSWEETENED condensed milk and add sugar as needed.

  7. I made this last night. It was good, what would make it great would be if you omit the garlic and shallot entirely… I love both, however, they outplay the star of this dish which is the butternut squash. That is my only complaint, aside from that it was good.

  8. Could you use frozen butternut squash?

  9. I made this tonight and absolutely love it!  I even added a little bit more shallot and garlic because they are a few of our families favorites and this was delicious!  Definitely a keeper!

  10. How long should the soup cook once you add everything together? Or should I just stir and serve?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *