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Butternut Squash and Cacao Soup

Butternut Squash and Cacao Soup

 

Fall weather brings with it an abundance of some of our favorite ingredients to make delicious, comforting meals! Try this flavorful Butternut Squash and Cacao Soup recipe for a soul-warming dish that works well as a side or main course. This recipe is simple, gluten-free, and a delicious staple for the colder months.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 butternut or acorn squash, halved and seeded
14 cup olive oil
12 teaspoon cinnamon
14 teaspoon nutmeg
1 12 teaspoons salt
2 ounces chopped dark chocolate bar or chips
2 cloves minced garlic
1 red chile pepper, diced
34 cup pure Vermont maple syrup
1 small onion, diced
4 cups chicken stock
Salt & pepper to taste

Garnish:

4 tablespoons crème fraiche or sour cream
4 tablespoons cacao nibs
Drizzle of maple syrup

*Optional: Make this recipe vegan by omitting the crème fraiche or sour cream garnish and subsituting veggie stock for the chicken stock

 

How to Make:

 

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• Rub each half of squash with olive oil and place cut-side up on baking sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper on each half.
• Mix chocolate, garlic, pepper, and half of the maple syrup in a small bowl, and spoon mixture into squash cavities.
• Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until squash flesh is tender. Remove from oven to cool.
• In a large stock pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil medium heat. Sauté onion until translucent, about 5 minutes.
• Scoop flesh and cavity contents out of the squash and into the stock pot. Add chicken stock; puree with stick or immersion blender until smooth (puree in batches if necessary).
• Heat soup over medium heat to desired temperature; add salt and ground black pepper to taste. Portion into bowls.
• Garnish each serving with crème fraiche or sour cream, sprinkle with cacao nibs, and drizzle with maple syrup.

 

Yield: 6-8 servings


Tags: Gluten Free**

 

**The components of this recipe are gluten-free. The cocoa powder and chocolate chips (or chocolate bars) recommended for use are made with gluten-free ingredients. Please note that, with the exception of our bean-to-bar chocolates, all products are manufactured in the same factory as products that may contain allergens. Although we employ good manufacturing practices to minimize cross-contact, we do not guarantee any product is entirely free of minute traces of wheat, soy, tree nuts, or peanuts.