Autumn Butternut Squash & Kale Minestrone

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One of my favourite things about living in Montréal, Québec is the 4 seasons and all of the respective activities and foods they bring. Today’s soup is one that literally tastes like a fall harvest and is made with butternut squash, which is literally taking over the fruit and vegetable section at the market 😉

Butternut squash is high in beta-carotene, which our body converts to vitamin A, which does wonders for your vision and for your immune system. Beta-carotene is also known to have antioxidant capacities and therefore protects your body against all the oxidants you expose it to (pollution, tobacco, sun, etc.). What’s up.

This beloved full-flavoured Italian soup is a cinch to make and is full of nutrition. It is made lusciously hearty and warm thanks to the chili powder and cumin.

And now, to your soup pots! 😉

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Fall Harvest Kale & Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed (yields about 3 cups)
  • 3-4 leaves kale, washed and shredded
  • 5-6 carrots, sliced
  • 4-5 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. chile powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Herbamare, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low-medium and allow soup to simmer until all vegetables are well cooked and tender.
  3. Serve yourself a warm bowl of this chunky soup.

Suggested side: fresh green salad and crusty bread.

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