Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
November 20, 2018
This vegan roasted butternut squash soup is gluten-free, and has a delightful sweet but robust flavor and divine creamy texture.
Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 head garlic
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- 8 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 2 medium)
- 2 cups peeled and cubed carrot (about 2 medium)
- 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup cilantro root (or stems)
- 1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, plus more to taste (optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
Line two large baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
Cut off the top of the head of garlic, brush with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of the salt. Wrap in parchment paper, then foil (to allow the garlic to steam and not burn, and to reduce aluminium transfer). Place on one of the baking sheets.
Toss the butternut squash, carrot, and onion in the remaining olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and spread out on the prepared baking sheets.
Roast for about 1 hour, until the vegetables are cooked but not burnt. You don’t want any black bits. (You’re going to put them into the pot to boil and cook further.)
Once the garlic and vegetables have roasted, allow them to cool slightly. Squeeze the garlic pulp out of the peels. (This should yield about 2 tablespoons of roasted garlic.)
While the vegetables are cooking, steep the cilantro root in the broth in a large saucepan.
Transfer the roasted garlic and vegetables to the saucepan with the broth, and add the coconut milk, minced ginger, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-high, and simmer, partially covered, for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse. Remove the soup from the heat and allow the soup to cool slightly.
Pour the soup into your blender in batches and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Return the soup to the saucepan, season to taste, and warm it over low heat. Add maple syrup, if desired, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.