Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup with Bacon

Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup with Bacon | Healing and Eating


Since I love any soup that includes butternut squash, I wanted to try Joe’s recipe from the Winter Soups: Community Cookbook. Joe has an awesome site at the Wellness Punks that I highly recommend you check out. I’m really looking forward to catching up on his youTube channel. Most people don’t know this about me, but I love watching youTube especially for cooking and makeup tutorials. It’s also a great resource for health related lectures and interviews with health living authors. So, I’m happy to have some new material to watch. I’ve altered his recipe a little to be dairy free, since I have an allergy and I used bagged butternut squash that was already chopped so it would be less effort on my arms. Then I reduced the amount of ingredients to fit in my dutch oven.

My Version:

Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup with Bacon
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  • 1 package of nitrate, gluten, and casein free bacon
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 4 bags of butternut squash (1⅔ cups)
  • 2 medium parsnips
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 chopped granny smith apple
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • ½ cup of coconut milk (I like Native Forest organic and unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp of ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp of paprika (I used hungarian sweet paprika since that was what I had in my pantry)
  • ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper
  1. Dice and saute bacon until crunchy in a large dutch oven. No oil needed bacon has saturated fat which is great for cooking. Remove bacon bits from pan.
  2. Chop onion and carmelize in bacon grease.
  3. In same pot add butternut squash, parsnips, garlic, apple, sea salt, coconut milk, and water. Water should just cover ingredients in pot.
  4. Then add ginger, cardamon and paprika.
  5. Bring pot to a boil, and let ingredients soften.
  6. Add spices but remember to go slowly and start small, you can always add more and this soup has a nice kick, or you can wait until after blending to add in spices so you can monitor them by taste testing.
  7. Then use an immersion blender or transfer to blender in batches.
  8. Then garnish with bacon bits.

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