05 Jan Healthy Butternut Squash Soup
4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large shallots, peeled and halved
1 (1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons (1-inch) slices fresh chives
Cracked black pepper (optional)
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a roasting pan or jelly-roll pan; toss well. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool 10 minutes.
2. Place half of squash mixture and half of broth in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid
splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture and broth.
3. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Top with chives and pepper, if desired.