Mexican Butternut Squash Soup With Ancho Chili, Crema, and Pepitas
Mexican Butternut Squash Soup With Ancho Chili, Crema, and Pepitas
  • prep: 45 min
  • cook: 0 hr
  • total: 45 min
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  • Summary

    Ancho chilies add deep color and flavor to this butternut squash soup. [Photographs: Daniel Gritzer] Borrowing from the Mexican pantry, this easy, warming soup is made with roasted butternut squash, flavored with ancho chilies, and garnished with Mexican crema, cilantro, and pepitas. If butternut squash soup and chili had a lovechild, this might be it. Why this recipe works: Roasting the squash first deepens its flavor and sweetness. Ancho chilies add a rich, earthy taste and mild heat to the soup.Note: If you want a less spicy soup with a less intense chili flavor, feel free to discard the ancho chili seeds or scale down to 1 ancho chili pepper. Otherwise, go for the big flavor and spoon in plenty of crema or sour cream to tame the intensity. You can make this soup vegetarian by substituting with vegetable stock.

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1-inch cubes
    • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
    • Kosher salt
    • 2 ancho chilies, stemmed (see note above)
    • 2 medium onions, diced
    • 2 medium carrots, diced
    • 2 medium cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 quart chicken stock or low-sodium broth (see note above)
    • 1 cup water
    • Sugar, to taste
    • Mexican crema or sour cream, for garnish
    • Cilantro leaves, for garnish
    • Pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds), for garnish
    • Lime wedges, for serving

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1473 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 105 g 161.14%
    • Saturated Fat: 8 g 42.44%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 3 mg 0.83%
    • Sodium: 27477 mg 1144.87%
    • Calcium: 27 mg 2.72%
    • Potassium: 321 mg 9.17%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 4.07%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 103 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g 2.77%
    • Sugar: 3 g
    • Protein: 1 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 157.37%
    • Vitamin C 27.1%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat21
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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