Wei Pantry

Artisan Vietnamese-Inspired Flavors

Los Angeles-based food company specializing in Vietnamese and Asian-inspired home-cooking products. 

Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

We are only one month into winter and I have already made this soup three times.  The sweetness of the butternut squash is combined with ginger and fried shallots for the best Asian-inspired hearty soup.  It tastes like it is filled with cream but is actually just pure vegetables.  A simple, healthy dish that would be reason enough to buy a hand blender!

Serves 5-6 as a main course; 8-12 as a side dish (freezes beautifully)

Ingredients:

  • Soup:
    • 1 large butternut squash
    • 1 large onion
    • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 4 stalks of celery chopped
    • 3-4 tablespoons ginger peeled and chopped
    • 1-2 cloves of garlic or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  •  Garnish:

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. First, cut your butternut squash into fourths and scoop out the inside seeds.  Peel/cut off the hard shell of the butternut squash so you are just left with the bright orange parts.  You can also find now in the store pre-cut butternut squash!
  3. Discard seeds and shell and chop the squash roughly into 1 inch squares. 
  4. Place in a single layer onto a lined baking sheet.  Coat with 2 tablespoons of shallot oil and place in preheated oven for 15 -20 minutes or until tender.
  5. While the squash is roasting, pour 1 tablespoon of shallot oil in a large pot on medium-high heat.  Toss in all soup ingredients and stir until translucent and beginning to brown, about 7-10 minutes. 
  6. Pour in chicken or vegetable stock and bring to boil.  Bring heat down to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Add in roasted butternut squash and let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Take an immersion blender and blend soup on high until completely creamy.  Alternatively you can also pour the hot soup into a blender.
  9. Drizzle a small amount of shallot oil (1 teaspoon per serving), shallot crisps, and cilantro right before serving.  Enjoy!