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Butternut Squash, Carrot and Lentil Soup

Humbly Homemade
Cuddle under a warm blanket and enjoy a cozy bowl of this nourishing butternut squash carrot lentil soup! The squash and carrots are roasted to develop a rich caramelized flavor. Fresh thyme and cashew cream are added on top to lend a zesty flavor pairing with this sweet and creamy soup.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Soup Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (optional)

Cashew Cream

  • cups raw cashews
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional; it adds a cheesy flavor)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
    Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
    Place the squash skin-side-down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat and spread out the baby carrots next to the squash. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of thyme leaves, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper on top. Rub the oil and seasonings into the vegetables, then flip over the squash so it's skin-side up.
    Bake for about 40 minutes, until the squash is easily pierced with a fork.
  • While the squash and carrots are roasting, heat the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven on medium heat.
    Add the diced onion with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and sauté for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are soft and golden.
    Add the minced garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes, until the garlic is very fragrant.
  • While the onions are sautéing and the squash and carrots are roasting, prepare the cashew cream.
    Pour boiling water over the cashews in a bowl to completely cover them. Allow them to sit for 30 minutes to soften, then drain the water from the cashews.
    Blend the drained cashews with the rest of the cashew cream ingredients listed above in a blender or food processor.
    Add one tablespoon of water at a time and continue to blend until it is a thick, creamy mixture. I usually add 6 tablespoons of water total.
  • Add the red lentils and water to the sautéed onions and bring to a boil on high heat.
    Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the lentils are al dente, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Scoop the roasted squash out of its flesh and into the pot. Add the roasted carrots, broth, turmeric powder and ½ cup cashew cream.
    Use an immersion blender to pulverize everything into a creamy soup. Or ladle the ingredients in batches into a blender. If using a blender, let the ingredients cool or be very careful when removing the blender's lid. Hot ingredients in a blender can build up pressure and cause the soup to burst out when the blender top is removed.
  • To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with additional fresh thyme leaves, a small squeeze of lemon juice, and ¼ cup cashew creamed thinned with a tablespoon of water or milk. You can also top your soup with roasted seeds or croutons for an added crunch.
    Enjoy!
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