vegan creamy cashew autumn squash soup
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Here in the House of Husvar, we eat simply and seasonally. With the new fall season upon us, I’ve been switching up our meals to incorporate the classic ingredients of the season. Every year, I look forward to roasting winter squash and turning it into something magical. Soup is usually first that comes to mind – the creamy, sweet yet savory blend that is an autumn squash soup. This version is 100% vegan but still creamy thanks to cashews.
There was a time that I spent a LOT more of my time cooking. My focus lately is much more on traveling with my kids, homeschooling and adventuring, but of course, we still eat want to eat well at home so planning ahead is key. I really rely on meal prepping and bulk cooking to save me time in the kitchen, gaining me more time on the road.
I’ve been making large batches of soup and freezing portions for a long time. Soup is a very practical food to freeze and it’s easy to reheat, especially when vegan. Dairy can sometimes get weird after freezing/thawing and also don’t forget – no pasta in the frozen batches! You can always add pasta later if you want, though I wouldn’t recommend it for this recpe, of course.
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creamy cashew autumn squash soup
- 3 acorn squash, halved
- 2 small-medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes
- 2 medium onions
- 1 bulb garlic (10ish cloves)
- 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 1 TBl turmeric
- pink salt, white pepper to taste
- cayenne, to taste, optional
- cashew cream, optional
- chives, chopped for garnish
- roasted squash or pumpkin seeds for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425°. Brush acorn squash flesh with melted coconut oil and sprinkle with salt. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet and bake for 40ish minutes. In a bowl, toss prepared butternut squash cubes with melted coconut oil and salt. Pour onto a sheet pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. This can be done ahead of time.
- In a dutch oven over medium heat, saute onions until translucent. Add ginger and garlic. Saute for another 1-2 minutes. Deglaze with 1/2 a cup of vegetable broth. Add the cooked squash, remaining broth, cashews and turmeric. Bring to a simmer, cover and allow to simmer over medium-low for 30 minutes.
- With an immersion blender, blend the soup until creamy. Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. Serve immediately with garnishes: swirl of cashew cream, chopped chives and seeds.
- OR, if prepping for the freezer, allow the soup to cool. Pour portions into quart size zip bags and lay flat in the freezer. Once frozen, remove soup blocks and place in FoodSaver® Bags and vacuum seal for long-term freezer storage.