This is originally an Alton Brown recipe and trust me when I say this is a company worthy recipe. Butternut squash is every where right now so why not use some in a delicious vegetable soup. This makes a huge pot full of goodness so you can feed a crowd or freeze some for quick meals in the weeks ahead. I found a slightly revamped recipe by The Healthy Librarian over at Happy Healthy Long Life. I did a few of tweaks of my own and was quite happy with the results!
It nearly filled my largest dutch oven to the top! Alton Brown says its the best soup he has ever made! The first day I made it I thought it was pretty good. Day two it was even more yummy and day three double yums!!! The broth and veggies just kept getting better and better. I even served a large bowl of this soup to a carnivore who kept telling me how delicious it was all through the meal. Two thumbs up from everyone – so this soup will be showing up again and again on our menu. Thank goodness it makes enough to freeze up in single servings – oh and a single serving just happens to be 2 1/4 cups big! This is a filling, delicious bowl of soup my friends.
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The broth is rich with flavor and the vegetables are tender but not mushy.
You can sub other squash or a sweet potato depending on what you find in your market – use other greens in place of the kale if you wish. I even added some cooked brown rice when reheating this soup for a quick lunch and that was fun too! You could use an Italian seasoning blend, add some little whole wheat pasta and have a minestrone soup. So many possibilities.
Winter Vegetable Soup
- 8 ounces of cremini mushrooms sliced
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2-4 large carrots chopped
- 2 celery ribs chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary chopped
- 2 teaspoons of fresh sage chopped
- 28 ounces of crushed tomatoes in tomato puree or juice
- 2 ½ quarts of low-sodium vegetable broth
- optional – 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce Alton says the soy adds Umami eliminate this for UWL program
- 1 pound butternut squash cubes – this is also sold pre-peeled and cubed at Trader Joe’s Costco and Sam’s club.
- 5 – 10 ounces of chopped curly kale stems removed – I went with 10 ounces chopped up pretty good
- 2 cans 15 ounce ea. no-salt Great Northern or Cannellini beans—DO NOT DRAIN! I found them at Whole Foods.
- 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
- 2-3 teaspoons Herbs de Provence seasoning blend or Italian seasoning blend.
- Use a large 8 quart soup pot. Heat on high & sear & brown the mushrooms, until tender. Only add a little water or broth if they start to stick. Remove them from the pot and set aside to add back in later.
- Lower heat & sweat onions, carrots, & celery over low heat for 30 minutes, at least. Cover the pot, and stir occasionally, checking to see if they are getting too dry, & need a little water or vegetable broth to deglaze the pan. They’ll be very soft.
- Add in garlic, rosemary, & sage
- Add the tomatoes in their juice, cook for about 5 minutes, to blend everything together.
- Increase the heat, & add the vegetable broth to the pot. Mix in soy sauce and heat just until boiling.
- Lower heat to a simmer & add the squash & kale. Cover & simmer for at least 30 minutes.
- Now, add the mushrooms back in, & the 2 un-drained cans of Great Northern or Cannellini beans to help thicken the soup with their starch. Mix well. Then add the 2 TBS vinegar to cut the acidity from the tomatoes, stir in the Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning.
- Heat through
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Oh wow. Definitely going to be making this one. Love all the veg varieties in it! I just made a creamy butternut squash soup a few weeks ago, and I’d love to try it this way!! I agree, homemade soups make one of the best healthy lunches. Have a wonderful day, Tami!!
I’ll add this recipe to my list to make soon. Never had a bad Alton Brown recipe. In fact, I was about to give up on brown rice until I found his recipe (I think it might have been you to recommend his recipe)!
Would appreciate an update on your search for a slow cooker. I bought one at Costco. It has two vent holes in the lid. I’ve never needed to add additional water to my beans midway through, but I had to with this new crockpot.
I did post about Alton Browns perfect oven baked brown rice. That is a wonderful recipe but now that I have a rice cooker with a brown rice setting that is what I use.
I have never seen a slow cooker with a vented lid – I don’t know why it would be made that way. Of course if you are not happy with it Costco is very good about returns.
My new slow cooker just arrived yesterday. I ordered it from Macy’s as they didn’t have it in the store and I had a gift card to spend at Macys. Sue,I think you are the one who gave me the heads up that Cooks Illustrated rated it as their top choice, its the Premier Edition Crock Pot brand slow cooker, Model SCVT650-PS with Touchscreen. It has a 3 year warranty and a 6.5 qt oval removable stoneware crock. I just unboxed it this morning and its really light weight compared to my Rival slow cooker that went crazy on me. It looks smaller than my old one but they actually have the same capacity, it’s just a sleeker model. No venting in the lid. Now I just have to choose a recipe and try it out!
Thanks for the update, Tami. Yes, I think I will return it to Costco since I still have the box and receipt. I’ll be looking forward to you meals and recipes using your new slow cooker. I think I will order the same one as you.
You are welcome Sue. Good luck with your slow cooker adventures!
I love soup 24/7. Making your African stew tomorrow night while my husband watches football – I am going to try to make it in my dutch oven vs. the crock pot – do you think that will work?
Biz this should work well in the Dutch oven.
I love soup, and this sounds wonderful. I just pinned it.
I don’t mind leftovers, so I usually just eat the soup I make on the weekend throughout the week. But I think I’ll work on freezing some individual portions as it’s nice to have a healthy meal to defrost!
The best thing about colder weather is soup! This looks yummy. Thanks.
I was just thinking about you the other day Karen. Hope things are going well for you. Are you still working and did you start blogging again?
Yep, still working. And, no, not blogging. I think about it every so often:)
I am making this now….don’t see where to add the squash? With the carrots, onion, celery?
Its listed in step 6 – add the squash and kale and let simmer at least 30 minutes or until tender. Happy Cooking! 🙂
What a lovely soup full of delicious goodness – crimini mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. heck you can even add lentils to the soup! Love the Great Northern beans, they are so tasty in my Tuscan white bean stew I’ve posted today.
I will have to check out your Tuscan White Bean Soup.
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I used to have soup a lot as a kid – for dinner in our house too! That looks amazing !
I wasnt for years…like 19 or so since we lived in hothothot climes.
and the 2×2 cheese square is completely intriguing me.
That little piece of cheese rind is full of flavor and it adds to the taste but it’s rock hard and doesn’t seem to dissolve!
Yes, I LOVE soup any time and will be making this. I love your recipes!!!
Thank you Edda!