This soup works for a variety of diets and is easy to prepare. If desired, add some crumbled bacon on top, or even some homemade croutons. You could kick up the spice by including some thai red curry paste, too. Options, options, options...And beyond tasting good, this soup has great nutritional benefits:
Healthy, filling fats
Orange veggies filled with Vitamin A to boost the immune system
1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs)-peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 onions, peeled and cut into 8 wedges each
3 tablespoons EVOO
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
3 tablespoons chopped dried cranberries
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . Divide the squash, carrots, sweet potatoes and onions between 2 foil-lined baking sheets. Drizzle 1 tbsp. EVOO over each baking sheet; toss the vegetables to coat. Roast until lightly browned, rotating the pans halfway through cooking, about 25 minutes.
In a large saucepan, combine the roasted vegetables and 8 cups water; bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are very tender, about 15 minutes. Using a blender and working in batches, puree the soup, transferring pureed portions to a clean pot; season with salt and pepper. (The soup can be covered and refrigerated for up to 4 days.)
In a heavy, medium skillet, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the pepitas and stir until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the cranberries and sage and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; season with salt and pepper.
Stir the soup over medium heat until it simmers. Ladle the soup into bowls; top with the pepita-cranberry mixture and a sprinkling of pepper (Note: Makes 5 servings).