Smoky Butternut Squash Soup

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Not only did I get to celebrate my niece turning one this past weekend in Missouri, but I also had the best butternut squash soup ever at my favorite coffee shop (I had coffee too of course–twice). The soup was a little smoky and sweet at the same time, and it tasted like there was cornbread blended right into the soup–pure deliciousness!

 

I’m always looking for new ways to cook squash; it’s an excellent source of Vitamin A, and a great way to get in an extra dose of vegetables. Incorporating the sweet squash with a comfort food like cornbread was a terrific way to enjoy its flavor. I didn’t actually put cornbread into my soup recipe, but it does call for cornmeal, which is the base of all cornbread recipes. Plus, I used a little half and half to make the soup creamy like the bowl I ate at the coffee shop. I don’t believe using full-fat dairy is unhealthy, but it is higher in calories, so I never go crazy with it; sometimes recipes just don’t taste the same without it though! Almond milk would be my non-dairy recommendation for this recipe for those people who don’t consume dairy products.

 

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