Family Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

Rosalind Lynam, the wife of Nora Restaurant’s chef-owner, is a firm believer in one-pot wonders. As the executive chef of her family, she got toddlers Nora and Stella hooked on veggies with this cozy, fall-inspired soup.

“Kids get enough junk from everywhere else­­. It’s important to feed them all the veggies and nutrients you can at home.” Rosalind Lynam photography by Manny Rodrguez

photography by Elizabeth Lavin

Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger and Pumpkin Seeds

Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes

Serves six

2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 bunch of green onions (about 7 or 8 stalks), chopped
Half a Serrano chile, chopped
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 1/2 lb. butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cut into ¾-inch chunks)  
6 c. chicken broth
1 tsp. fresh ginger juice, pressed from grated ginger
1/4 c. roasted pumpkin seeds and yogurt

1. Melt butter in a 3-quart pot over medium-high heat.
2. Add the onion, green onion, Serrano chile, and salt. Cook vegetables until they’re soft, about 5 minutes.
3. Add butternut squash and water.
4. Reduce heat and bring to a simmer. Cook until squash is tender throughout, about 15 minutes.
5. Remove the pot from heat and puree the vegetables with a hand blender until smooth. (You can also blend in a blender and return to the pot if you do not have a hand blender. If you use a blender, fill only three-quarters full, as hot liquids expand when blended.) When smooth, add the ginger juice.
6. Stir and add more salt to taste.
7. Serve topped with roasted pumpkin seeds and yogurt.

Tip: Cutting a dense butternut squash is a notoriously difficult task. Use a rubber mallet to help push your knife through thick spots.

Health note: With only two tablespoons of butter and no cream, this rich soup boasts minimal fat.

photography by Elizabeth Lavin