Everything Autumn Soup

Soup is for me what mac ‘n cheese is for my kids – ultimate comfort. If my husband would allow I’d fix soup every evening during the fall and winter months. It just feels like the perfectly cozy meal I need to cap off the cool days.

If you’re a soup lover like me, you’re always trying new recipes. A hint of that and an extra dash of that can turn a plain soup into something very special and this Everything Autumn Soup does just that! I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 apple
  • 1 butternut squash (or 16 ounces of frozen cubes)
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 onion
  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Optional: homemade croutons and pumpkin seeds

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While it heats prepare your soup base – core and slice the apple (keep the skin attached), peel the parsnips and sweet potatoes and roughly slice or cube and peel and slice the onion. Place on a baking sheet and toss in olive oil.

If you opt for a whole butternut squash leave it whole and place on a separate baking sheet. Once it is baked it will be much softer and easier to slice in half and scoop out the seeds.

Bake the soup base blend for 30-40 minutes.

Puree the soup base in two batches via a blender and pour into a large stockpot. Be sure to vent as your puree to avoid a heat cloud when you open the top! Add spices and chicken stock to the stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and stir in heavy cream.

Top with croutons and pumpkins seeds for a yummy crunch and enjoy!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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