There is simply nothing more comforting than a bowl of homemade soup.

And it’s not just the eating part – although that part is pretty stellar – but the act of cooking something from scratch using fresh ingredients can be immensely therapeutic. Sitting down in front of a bowl of soup you hand-crafted in your own kitchen feels good – and it gives you a sense of pride that’s hard to beat.

This soup, in particular, is one of my favorites because it is a beautiful orange hue, is slightly sweet with a little heat, and has a silky, luscious texture. Plus, it’s easy to make – win, win, win.

To make it, the root vegetables are roasted until caramelized, then transferred to a pot with vegetable stock and a fresh thyme sprig and simmered until soft. Then everything gets whirled together in a blender and finished with honey, balsamic vinegar, a touch of cream, nutmeg and cayenne. Those last few ingredients may seem a bit odd, but trust me – they’re what take this soup from good to great – so don’t forget ‘em!

And if you’re up for it, I recommend roasting an extra pan of vegetables to use throughout the week – toss them on a salad, eat them as a side or throw over-easy eggs on top for a breakfast hash. They’re DELICIOUS.

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Roasted Vegetable Soup

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top

Description

A luxuriously smooth soup made with roasted root vegetables.


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Ingredients

  • ½ small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium carrot or parsnip, peeled and diced
  • ½ medium red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher or sea salt, divided
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 ½4 ½ cups unsalted vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (optional)
  • 12 Tbsp. heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 ½2 Tbsp. honey
  • 11 ½ Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Crusty whole grain bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the butternut squash, sweet potato, carrot or parsnip and red onion on the baking sheet. Toss with oil and ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Roast 35-45 minutes or until vegetables are caramelized on the edges.
  3. Transfer the vegetables to a stock pot or Dutch oven and place it on the stove. Add the stock and thyme sprig, if using, and bring to a simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Once vegetables are soft, remove from the heat. Discard the thyme sprig.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, let the soup slightly cool, then transfer it to a blender. Place the lid on top, remove the small center piece and place a kitchen towel over the hole to allow some steam to escape. Puree the soup, starting on low and increasing to high, until the soup is smooth. Transfer it back to the pot.
  5. Stir in the cream or half and half, honey, balsamic vinegar, remaining salt and black pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  6. Serve with crusty bread.

Notes

Cooking Tip: The heavy cream or half and half is optional, but gives the soup a rich creaminess. I highly suggest it, and it only adds a gram of fat or two per serving.

Variation/Substitution Tip: Swap in 2 medium beets instead of the sweet potato.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 184
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg

Keywords: soup, roasted vegetables, vegetables

5 Comments

  1. Bev Harbrecht on March 22, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Love homemade soup! It has spoiled me to the point where I can’t eat soup if it isn’t homemade. I hope you will be sharing soup recipes all year round.

    What advice do you have for those of us who are scared to death of their immersion blenders?? 🙂

    • Julie Andrews on March 26, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Bev! I feel the exact same way about soup! It’s probably my very favorite thing to cook. 🙂

      The immersion blender can be a little tricky sometimes. One trick is to make sure you use the appropriate size pot for the amount of soup you’re making, because if the pot is too big and the soup is really shallow in the pot, the immersion blender will cause the soup to splatter around a bit. If this happens, I use a hot pad and hold up one side of the pot so the soup pools on one side, then I can easily blend it with an immersion blender… no splatters! I hope this helps. 🙂

  2. Melanie Sawe on September 4, 2019 at 6:19 am

    You could also let it cool a bit and use a regular blender!

    • Julie Andrews on September 4, 2019 at 8:24 am

      Totally! Great tip, Melanie!

  3. Sharon Anderson on February 19, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Made this for the soup challenge here at work. I really like the flavor but being that it is a blended soup, I found that this is an acquired taste. (or shall I say texture).

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