Roasted Butternut Squash and Leek Soup with a Crostini

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This scrumptious soup features butternut squash, which contains vital antioxidants and immunity boosting vitamins. Butternut squash also tops the charts for healthy choices because it is very low in calories and contains no saturated fats. So ladle up a bowl full for your family and friends, and eat it to your heart’s content!

Roasted Butternut Squash and Leek Soup with a Crostini

Ingredients

3 butternut squash, peeled, cut in half, seeded medium diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks – split lengthwise, rinse well
2 cups brown onion sliced thinly
4 garlic cloves – smashed
1/2 bunch basil
1/4 bunch thyme
1/4 bunch parsley stems
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Cheese cloth – see below
Crostini – sliced thin – see below

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place diced squash on pre heated oiled baking tray and roast about 30 – 35 minutes or until squash is soft.
In a large pot on medium heat add 1-tablespoon oil, onion, leek and cook for 10 – 12 minutes, add crushed
garlic and cook for an additional minute. Once you can smell the garlic add the roasted squash, chicken
broth, salt and pepper and cheesecloth.

Cover and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. With tongs remove cheesecloth and squeeze herb broth into
your soup pot. In a blender purée the soup in batches until smooth. Reserve some broth so you can adjust to your desired thickness. Return the soup to a clean pot, bring to a simmer and adjust seasoning.

Serve in a soup bowl garnished with chopped basil and a crostini crisp.

Crostini: In a mixing bowl gently toss with olive oil salt and pepper. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 5 – 8 minutes.

Side note: Wash the herbs and tie in a piece of cheesecloth. This is the best way to infuse the flavor of the herbs so you can remove them.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Value: (Serving Size: 1 cup), 116 calories, 64 g. from fat, 9.8 g carbs, 1.2 fiber, 101mg sodium,
3.7 protien

*Recipe and image courtesy of Chris Brugler | Catering.*

Originally from Philadelphia, Chris Brugler has evolved his love of food into an esteemed business, which is now one of Los Angeles’ premier catering companies, Chris Brugler Catering. Brugler began crafting his creations while traveling the country working for the Ritz Carlton and later with private events within the estates of Beverly Hills. For more information, please visit www.chrisbruglercatering.com.

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