I consume so much butternut squash this time of year that I might be at risk for turning orange!
I love it every which way possible: roasted, mashed, baked into desserts. You name it. I just can’t seem to get enough butternut squash.
One of my go-to recipes for butternut squash is coaxing it into a puréed soup. It’s an easy fall dish that’s equally suited for a cozy weeknight meal at home or served up as part of a more formal dinner gathering. But sometimes, I find puréed soups to be a little bit lacking in substance. They are generally satisfying enough for lunch or when eaten as an appetizer. But to be sufficient enough for a full entrée, I think they require a little bit of bulking up. I usually do this in the form of of toppings, like nuts, spiced chickpeas or croutons. But this time, I decided to add in some fresh cheese tortellini. The cheese tortellini provide the perfect salty contrast to this slightly sweet and nutty soup. And they give this soup a substantial amount of “bite,” which makes this Roasted Butternut Squash and Fennel Soup with Cheese Tortellini perfectly suited for a main meal.
I started this recipe by roasting up all the fruits and vegetables in my oven until they were very soft and starting to caramelize. While this does take a little bit more time than simply cooking everything on the stovetop, the resulting flavor enhancement is well-worth the extra investment. Then I added all of the roasted ingredients to my blender with some vegetable broth and puréed them until smooth and creamy. I transferred the puréed soup to large stock pot with the remaining vegetable broth, brought it to a low simmer and then cooked the cheese tortellini right in the soup itself. Definitely look for fresh tortellini, which generally cook up faster than the frozen varieties (and I think have a superior taste as well).
You’ll need 4 cups of vegetable broth for this recipe, but keep an extra cup handy in case you decide you want to thin the soup out a bit. I’ve found that some varieties of tortellini expand more than others once cooked, which will change how thick or thin the resulting soup will be.
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