I have tried to make butternut squash soup before and utterly failed. So with winter coming fast, I wanted to give this soup one more go at it. This time I had success! The ginger and lemon really give the squash and sweet potatoes a lift and great fragrance.
One medium sized butternut squash
One clove of garlic
One large thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
2 cans of chicken broth (vegetarians and vegans can sub vegetable broth)
2 sweet potatoes
Fresh Parmigiano, parsley and black pepper to top if you want
Place the butternut squash and sliced sweet potatoes flesh side down on a baking sheet covered in foil and drizzled with olive oil. Slice the top off of a fresh clove of garlic and put it all in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30min.
Once the butternut squash and sweet potatoes are soft enough, scoop out the flesh from the skins and place into a food processor or blender. Discard the seeds and stringy part of the butternut squash.
Place some ginger and garlic into the blender with the sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Also, add chicken broth to help everything mix up evenly. It may take a few batches to get everything mixed up properly. Sprinkle a little kosher salt in each batch.
Once blended, place into a large pot. Squeeze fresh lemon juice in and stir. I used the whole lemon, use to your taste. Let simmer for 10-15min. This will help the flavors blend and heat the soup back up. I added a half can of water at this step because the soup was pretty thick, this is optimal depending on how you like it.