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Savory Butternut Squash Bean Soup is a savory protein-packed blend of butternut squash, white beans, chickpeas and couscous. Warm, comforting and so tasty this will be a favorite family soup.

Butternut Squash Bean Soup

  • Author: Christine
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Savory Butternut Squash Bean Soup is a savory protein-packed blend of butternut squash, white beans, chickpeas and couscous. Warm, comforting and so tasty this will be a favorite family soup.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups butternut squash, cut into bite-size pieces (about 1/2 medium squash)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or chicken soup base* (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 15 ounce can white beans, drained
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup whole-grain couscous, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup roasted almond slices
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • extra almonds and parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add squash, stir and cook covered for 8 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat.
  3. Add onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir onions occasionally.
  4. Add garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.
  5. Add broth,  soup base, thyme and cooked squash to the dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. In the can or a bowl, slightly mash the white beans with a fork. Add to the pot with the chickpeas.
  7. Continue simmering for additional 5 minutes.
  8. Salt and pepper  the soup to taste.
  9. Fluff the cooked couscous, and fold in the almonds and parsley.
  10. Ladle hot soup into bowls, top each with 1/4 cup of couscous mixture.
  11. Garnish with additional almonds and parsley. Serve hot.


Notes

To add extra flavor, add 1 teaspoon (or more) jarred vegetable or chicken soup base. Soup base mix is high in sodium, so no other salt was included in this recipe, except to taste.

*Jarred soup base is available in the soup aisle at most grocery stores.

Keywords: soup, beans, butternut squash, white beans, chickpeas, dinner, lunch, savory