roasted delicata squash soup recipe: cooking with naomi

Roasted Delicata Squash Soup on Table

If there is one soup recipe you make this winter, let this be it. 

Before Naomi had a team to support her, she did all of the cooking out of her and Kevin's house. This was a crucial time in our history, because not only was Naomi creating the dishes she would serve at our trailer in Austin, she was also laying a solid foundation for our ingredient philosophy. This soup was created during that precious time.

We've given it a little update, with the Picnik Vegan Creamer as the star of the show. The coconut cream and cashew milk in our Vegan Creamer makes for a rich and dairy-free base, while the spice mixture creates a unique, yet subtle, flavor profile; the ideal balance of sweet and spicy. Choose a veggie broth to make the soup vegan or a chicken broth if that is more your style.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Let's get started...

Ingredients 

Produce
  • 3 delicata squash
  • 3 apples
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
Liquid
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Picnik Creamer
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock (we made a shiitake mushroom broth*, recipe below)
Spices
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp himalayan sea salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • olive oil
Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut squash in half and remove the seeds.  Thick slice the delicata squash and large/rough chop apple and onion.  Peel garlic, and lay squash, apple, onion and garlic in a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Liberally apply olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in oven to roast for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
  3. When roasting is complete, add produce from your 1st baking sheet to your high-powered blender (Vitamix/Blendtec) with 1/2 of the liquid and 1/2 of the spices (everything except salt and pepper - this will be added at the end). Blend and transfer to a large stock pot.  Repeat the blend process for the second batch of produce, liquid and spices.  Transfer to the same pot.  
  4. At this point, soup can either be placed in fridge for later or it can be transferred to the stovetop and heated immediately.  I like to season this soup to taste with salt and pepper when I'm ready to serve it.  As the soup is thick, it can "pop" and make a mess as your heat it up, so it is recommended you use a lid.  An additional note:  If soup is too thick for your liking, feel free to add additional stock.
  5. Enjoy!
Stock Recipe
  1. To make your own shiitake mushroom broth, add 1 oz. dried shiitake mushrooms to 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, turn down heat and let simmer for 45-60 minutes.  Final yield is about 6 cups of stock.