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Soup to Nourish Your Immune System

Rich in vitamin C and carotenoids, this soup is an excellent choice for giving your immune system a lift. It's also rich in a phytonutrient (beta-cryptoxanthin) that is thought to be particularly good for promoting healthy lung function.

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The secret ingredient is fresh pear, which adds a hint of natural sweetness to this delicious soup.

With a little ginger and cinnamon in the mix, this restaurant-quality soup serves as a true health tonic.

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Ingredients:

1 butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
1 yam or sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped
2 pears, cored and roughly chopped (not overly ripe)
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup coconut milk
6.5 cups vegetable broth
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 to 1 inch ginger root, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper

Directions:

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1. Combine squash, sweet potato, cinnamon stick, and ginger in a soup pot. Add 6 cups vegetable broth (save 1/2 cup for later), bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

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2. While vegetables are simmering in soup pot, cook onions in olive oil in a pan over medium heat - about 5 minutes or until caramelized.

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3. Add chopped pears and 1/2 cup vegetable broth to onions. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until broth is reduced; then add pears and onions to soup pot.

4. When squash and sweet potatoes are tender (takes about 25 - 30 minutes), add coconut milk. Remove from heat and take out cinnamon stick.

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5. Use a food processor, strong blender, or a hand-held blender to blend all ingredients together until smooth. If you use a food processor or blender, you may have to do this in batches.

6. Add sea salt and pepper, to taste.

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Enjoy this delicious butternut squash and pear soup on its own, or with any side or main dish. As with most soups, this one combines well with creamy avocado slices.

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Butternut Squash and Pear Soup Recipe

 
 

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Comments

I love this soup! Sweet and so flavorful. Thank you for all the amazing recipes!

Thank you for the butternut squash recipe. It was very tasty and the perfect recipe for me. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Not only is this soup so delicious but it is so easy to prepare as well! I accidently bought coconut water instead of the milk, but it came out very good. Thanks for the recipe.