A flavorful and creamy soup that is perfect for those chilly, Fall/Winter days.  The lemongrass and cinnamon provides festive and nuanced flavors.  This healthy and simple meal is also great in big quantities for your next party.  What a perfect complement to autumn leaves and first snowfalls!

Recipe

Prep time:

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 stick lemon grass cut into 3 big pieces
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup leeks chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable stock (find recipe here)
  • 3 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  • Peel and chop the butternut squash in cubes. Spread the cubes in an oven baking sheet. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook it until tender for 20-25 minutes. Keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp avocado oil in a soup pot. Put the leeks and cook for a minute on medium flame.
  • Add the cooked butternut squash, ginger, cinnamon powder, cinnamon stick, lemongrass (cut into big pieces for easy removal) and stir it until coated.
  • Add the coconut milk, vegetable stock, salt, and pepper.
  • Let it cook for 10 minutes on low heat. Close the stove and let it cool a little.
  • Take out the cinnamon stick and lemongrass.
  • Blend the rest of the ingredients in a blender (Vitamix preferred) until smooth. If the consistency of the soup is thick, you can add a little vegetable stock and bring it to boil before serving it.
  • Taste the soup before adding the maple syrup. Some butternut squashes are naturally sweet.
  • For a finishing touch, add some roasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • When in a hurry, you can bake the butternut squash a day before for faster results.
  • For savory version, add lemon juice and chopped cilantro on top.