Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 6 cups butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth, or as needed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 green chile pepper, halved lengthwise (optional)
  • 1 cup silken tofu, divided
  • salt to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and enough vegetable broth to cover. Stir in the thyme, ginger, turmeric, coriander, black pepper, and chile pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until vegetables are very tender, 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove and discard the chile pepper. Pour about 1/3 of the soup and 1/3 of the tofu into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot. Repeat with the remaining soup and tofu. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup and tofu right in the cooking pot.