Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Chickpeas

In today’s post, I’m sharing a recipe for the perfect Winter warmer – Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Chickpeas 💛 With its delicious, sweet flavour and golden orange hue, this soup is so bright and cheery that it’s bound to put a smile on your face. It also happens to be packed full of immune-boosting nutrients to help keep those pesky Winter bugs at bay.

Butternut squash is a fantastic immunity-booster. Of all the winter squashes, it contains the highest amount of vitamin C. It’s also packed with the vitamin A antioxidants alphacarotene and betacarotene. Just one cup of cooked squash provides 52% of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamin C and 457% of the vitamin A RDA! (Source)

I love blending some cashews into this soup to make it thick and creamy. The cashews also provide protein and heart-healthy fats, which help us to feel full and satiated. Simmering the cashews in the soup softens them, making them easy to blend smooth in a high-speed blender. I used my new Optimum Vac 2 Air Vacuum Blender and it literally took a few seconds to blend it silky smooth.

My family loves to serve this soup as a weekend lunch or weeknight supper. The Maple-Glazed Chickpeas with Oregano that I posted last week, make the perfect topping.

As you can probably imagine, it’s pretty tricky taking food photos this time of year as the days are so short and the weather’s so changeable! It was certainly a fun challenge taking these soup photos. As I was shooting them, the sky suddenly clouded over, which totally changed the look and feel of the photos. Compare the photo below to the ones above. It looks pretty different, doesn’t it? It’s dark and gloomy, but kind of atmospheric too.

Have you been enjoying home-made soups this winter?   

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Chickpeas

  1. This looks smashing, Sharon – I bet it’s really filling too. I love the sound of the maple-glazed chickpeas, going to have to make some of those!

    Where are your bowls and plates from? They’re so pretty! xx

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