Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cilantro Pesto

Serve this creamy, golden squash soup as a side dish at your holiday meal.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cilantro Pesto
Makes: 8  servings Prep 45 mins Start to Finish 1 hr 30 mins


  • 1/2 cup  plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for pan
  • 3 pounds  butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 cups  packed cilantro sprigs
  • 1 cup  finely grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup  pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 large garlic cloves (1 chopped and 2 sliced)
  • 1 14 1/2ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons  finely grated peeled fresh ginger


1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F and arrange rack in center; lightly oil a shallow baking pan. Place squash, cut side down, in pan and roast until tender, about 1 hour. Turn squash over and, when cool enough to handle, scoop out flesh into a bowl and mash.

2. While squash is roasting, pulse together cilantro, cheese, nuts, and chopped garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup oil in a slow stream with the motor running until pureed. Transfer to a serving bowl; salt and pepper to taste, for pesto. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep chilled in an airtight container, covering surface with plastic wrap.)

3. Bring broth and 3 cups water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and keep warm, covered, Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add onion and cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add sliced garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove pan from heat. Stir in ginger and squash until combined well. Blend together squash mixture and broth (use caution when blending hot liquids), in batches, until smooth, transferring to a large saucepan.

4. Heat soup over moderate heat; season with salt and pepper. Add additional water if needed to reach desired consistency. Ladle soup into bowls and drizzle each with 1 tablespoon pesto. Serve remaining pesto on the side. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8
  • cal.(kcal)225,
  • Fat, total(g)15,
  • chol.(mg)6,
  • sat. fat(g)3,
  • carb.(g)21,
  • fiber(g)4,
  • pro.(g)6,
  • sodium(mg)269,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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