Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Bisque Recipe

“Sick Day” Soup: Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Bisque Recipe

When it’s cold outside and you’ve got a sick husband at home – sometimes what you really need is some good old fashioned, warms-your-soul soup.

…and when your standard chicken noodle just won’t cut it, my advice is to reach for the most delicious, seasonal goods of the day: which in my neck of the woods is some winter squash and sweet potatoes.

Thus, out of one chilly fall evening arose this thick and creamy goodness. Rich in flavor from spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt, combined with the good-for-your-soul (and gut!) base of homemade chicken broth – this soup saved the day! (Literally – my husband went from moaning and groaning from a stomach bug to peacefully studying on the couch. Bone broth wins again, folks!)

Also, for those of you who are wondering, “bisque” is just another word for soup that has cream or milk added. It’s often used in seafood dishes, but is delightful with this sweet/savory combo as well (and an excellent way to add some much needed healthy fat for the day!)

Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Bisque

Ingredients:

1 large butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
3 cups chicken broth (homemade if possible!)
1 pinch (to taste) Himalayan sea salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1 tsp bacon fat (this is a “secret ingredient” that will add to-die-for flavor!)
1 cup cream/whole milk (whatever you have on hand)

Tools:

Immersion Blender (can use food processor or regular blender as well, but is a little more time consuming that way!)

Directions:

  • Add broth, diced squash and sweet potato to large stock pot and bring to a low rolling boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes until both squash and sweet potato are fork tender.
  • Lower heat to low. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until thick (it will look something like canned pumpkin puree).
  • Add spices/salt and bacon fat until completely combined. Remove soup from heat. Stir in cream/milk. (This is important to stir in AFTER soup is removed from heat and has slightly cooled – otherwise your dairy will curdle!)
  • Serve with some sourdough bread and butter! A simple, feel-good meal! 🙂

What is your favorite meal to make for a sick loved one?