Creamy Butternut Squash Soup With Parmesan Pepita Crisps

Makes 4 Servings

  • Total Time: 71
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 51

If you’re in a soup state of mind, have we got the cozy dish for you. Elevated by a swirl of herbed yogurt and delicate Parmesan crisps, this easy butternut squash soup recipe will fill you up but won’t weigh you down. It’s best when paired with a comfy sweater and cozy fire.

Ingredients

Herb Yogurt Swirl

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (fat level of choice)

2 tablespoons milk (fat level of choice)

1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

 

Soup

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup coarsely chopped onion

1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

3 cups ready-to-serve chicken broth or vegetable broth

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

Salt

Microgreens and pepitas, optional

Parmesan Pepita Crisps (see recipe)

 

Pepita Crisps

1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup raw pepitas

Instructions

Soup With Herb Yogurt Swirl

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. For soup, heat butter in a 3-quart saucepan or small Dutch oven over medium heat until melted. Add onion; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add squash, broth and ground red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until squash is tender, about 40 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, puree squash mixture in a blender. Return pureed mixture to pan; season with salt. (Recipe can be made ahead to this point; cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.)
  4. To serve, bring soup to a boil. Ladle into shallow soup bowls. Swirl Herb Yogurt on top. Garnish with microgreens and pepitas, if using. Serve with Parmesan Pepita Crisps.

 

Pepita Crisps

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix cheese and pepitas in a small bowl. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lined sheet pan, forming 12 mounds. Flatten mounds slightly with bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake in 400°F oven until pepitas are browned, about 6 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack until crisp, about 10 minutes.

 

(Nutrition Information per pepita crisp (1/12 of recipe):  47 calories; 3 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 113 mg sodium; 0.6 g carbohydrate; 0 g dietary fiber; 4 g protein)