Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup

Butternut squash soup is the best thing ever. No! Wait! Black bean soup is the best thing ever!

Kare! Stop arguing with yourself! BOTH soups are the best thing ever! Okay, except one other possibility: helloooo, mash-up. Two great things that go great together: butternut squash soup and black bean soup – together as one.

Yes, today, the issue is finally settled. Bester than best. Today we have Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup.

Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup is a hearty, warming soup that's perfect for chilly fall and winter evenings. Packed with protein, so easy to make, and extremely satiating. #vegansoup #veganfallsoup #easysoup

Always on a mission to increase the protein quotient in recipes, I got to thinking recently about adding beans to traditional roasted butternut squash soup. Soon, I found myself dreaming of southwest flavors, and this Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup was born.

Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup is a hearty, warming soup that's perfect for chilly fall and winter evenings. Packed with protein, so easy to make, and extremely satiating. #vegansoup #veganfallsoup #easysoup

You’re never going to guess the two main ingredients in this soup.

Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup is a hearty, warming soup that's perfect for chilly fall and winter evenings. Packed with protein, so easy to make, and extremely satiating. #vegansoup #veganfallsoup #easysoup

Okay, fine … I guess it’s pretty easy to guess.

Aside from roasted butternut squash – flavored generously with cumin and paprika – you have black beans. I highly HIGHLY recommend starting with these homemade black beans for that extra fist-pump of flavor, but canned black beans totally do fine too.

For spices, we’ve got more cumin, a nice warm touch of cinnamon, and a bit of cayenne pepper for a touch of heat.

Really, I kept this one super simple, because that’s how I like to roll. Okay possibly also because I am a little lazy.

Toppings-wise, here we have some crunchy baked corn tortilla strips, cilantro, more butternut squash, some cashew sour cream, and a sprinkle of paprika.

Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup is a hearty, warming soup that's perfect for chilly fall and winter evenings. Packed with protein, so easy to make, and extremely satiating. #vegansoup #veganfallsoup #easysoup

Basically, best. thing. EVER.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup

Fall soup gone hearty! Or is it hearty black bean soup gone autumn? Either way, this mash-up of two favorite is a warming, satiating affair.

Ingredients:

For the roasted butternut squash:

  • 6 cups cubed butternut squash, peeled and seeded, 3/4-inch dice (about 1/2 a large squash)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika (or plain paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the soup:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small (about 2 cups)
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper + more to taste
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans cooked black beans, drained, divided (about 4 1/2 cups total)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Garnishes:

  • Baked corn tortilla strips*
  • Sour cream or cashew sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Roasted & salted pepitas
  • More roasted butternut squash
  • A sprinkle of paprika

Directions:

  1. First, get the butternut squash in the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add butternut squash to a large bowl and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper and toss again until well-coated. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet – I like to line mine with parchment paper for easier clean-up. Bake, stirring once or twice, until tender and some sides are golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  2. While the squash roasts, start the soup. Set a medium soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and just beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute.
  3. Add the vegetable broth and 2 cans (3 cups) of the drained black beans. Stir well and remove from heat.
  4. When the squash is cooked, add half the squash to the soup. Working in batches with a blender or using an immersion blender, puree the soup. Return the soup to the stovetop and add the remaining can (1 1/2 cups) beans and all but 1/2 cup of the remaining butternut squash. Stir and cook over medium low until hot.
  5. Add red wine vinegar and stir to combine. Taste and add more salt, pepper, and/or cayenne if desired.
  6. Serve with assorted toppings and reserved roasted butternut squash.

* To make crispy corn tortilla strips, use a pizza cutter to cut corn tortillas into long, thin strips. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until crisp and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Watch them closely as they can burn quickly!

Nutrition Information

Yield: Serves 6, Serving Size: About 1 1/2 cups (without garnishes)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 226 Calories
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 843mg
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 6g
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Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup is a hearty, warming soup that's perfect for chilly fall and winter evenings. Packed with protein, so easy to make, and extremely satiating. #vegansoup #veganfallsoup #easysoup

Kare

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.