White Bean and Squash Soup

with turkey and sage….vegan options listed

  • 1/2 a medium butternut squash, cubed to 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 TBS of olive oil
  • 1 lb of lean ground turkey (use vegan alternative or 2 cups cooked lentils)
  • 2 medium onions white or red, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried sage or 2 TBS chopped fresh sage, divided
  • 2 quarts (8 cups) of bone broth or vegetable broth, preferably low sodium
  • 3 15oz cans of white beans drained and rinsed, divided (I used cannellini)
  • 4 large handfuls of destemmed and chopped kale
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel, deseed, and chop the butternut squash. Toss the squash in the olive oil, salt, pepper, and 1/3 of the sage. Place on a sheet pan and roast in the oven while cooking the soup on the stove top (about 25 minutes)

In a large pot or Dutch oven begin to brown the turkey or vegan alternative. (If using lentils skip this step.) Add diced onion and dried sage just before meat is fully cooked along with garlic. Sautee for 3-5 minutes until onion begins to soften. Add the broth of choice, 2 cans of beans, and lentils if going meat-free. Bring a boil. Add fresh sage if using. Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes. By now your squash should be soft and out of the oven. If not cooked all the way feel free to toss into the soup before the simmer.

After 10 minutes of simmer ladle out 1.5 cups of broth into a food processor. Add the 3rd can of beans and pulse until the beans are well incorporated. Add liquid back into soup pot and stir. Add kale and cook until soften. Add roasted squash at the end for best results. Salt and pepper to taste.

Optional serving suggestion–top with shredded parmesan cheese.

Notes: you can save time and energy by tossing squash into soup and not roasting but it’s likely to fall apart in the soup. I prefer the depth of flavor and textures from roasting.

Published by A Dish with KFish

Certified Sommelier cooking healthy meals and pairing wines to them. Let's be honest, sometimes I'm just drinking wine....

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: