Sunday, October 7, 2012

Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash & Italian Sausage Soup for All Things Orange #SundaySupper

When Gabe & I first moved in together, he asked me to get a recipe from his father to make his favorite soup - Roasted Butternut Squash. At this point, I had never cooked with this type of squash, let alone buy it. The recipe Gabe's father Tim uses was from Emeril which I have turned into a healthier version of my own. This soup is excellent on it's own and it also pairs well with grilled cheese. Today, I am going to make you Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash soup, using non fat Greek yogurt instead of cream and sweet turkey Italian sausage, pairing with an adult grilled cheese!
Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Adult Grilled Cheese
  • Ingredients
  • 1 large butternut squash, about 3 pounds
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil or EVOO
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 6 cups light chicken stock or broth
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 8oz container of non fat Greek Yogurt (plain or vanilla)
 Preheat your oven to 400. Cut your squash in half and lightly coat the inside with vegetable or olive oil (I use EVOO) and season with Salt and Pepper. I also use some Cavenders Greek Seasoning on it. Place the halves face down on a foil lined pan and bake for 45 min. Remove, let cool and remove the seeds.
While your squash is baking, take 1/2 lb of sausage and remove from the casing. I use my kitchen scissors to easily do this. A money saving tip - if your butcher sells individual Italian Sausages, purchase only what you need, or see if they will split a package up for you. I spent $1.50 on my 1/2 lb of sausage vs. $6 for the package. Sautee your sausage in a dutch oven or large pot until cooked. Add 1 cup of chopped sweet vidalia onions until they are caramelized. Add the garlic, sage and marjoram and stir for a minute. Add the Squash and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
 During the cooking process, I like to mash my squash with my potato masher. I am not sure if this does anything for the soup, but it makes me feel better :) After the 30 minutes is up, add your yogurt. This time, I used vanilla and it was excellent. If you don't own an immersion blender, I suggest you purchase one. The first time I made this, I used my food processor to blend up the soup. It was a huge mess. With the immersion blender, you mix everything while it is in the pot. So easy!


 It's now time to garnish the soup! In Emeril's recipe, he suggest frying sage leafs on top. I prefer using some plain greek yogurt as a drizzle. You can also bake the seeds from inside the squash.
Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
 Now it's time for the adult grilled cheese! I use fresh baked Cuban Bread and take whatever is inside of my fridge. My secret ingredient is Hurley Farms Champagne, Honey & Sweet Garlic Mustard. I coat both sides of the bread with this delicious mustard and add Munster Cheese. From there, you can do whatever you want with it. This time around, I used turkey bacon and granny smith apples as my filler, to give it a tart and savory crunch. It was amazing!

The #SundaySupper family is using the spirit of the season to inspire you and will be sharing some fabulous dishes at the #SundaySupper table this week, and we do hope that you’ll join us! Just look at all of the fabulous dishes being offered up this week:


Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing
High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad
Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag,We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.
Come hungry!

78 comments:

  1. I do love immersion blenders, my MIL owns one and every time I use it I tell myself I need to get one. But it is one of those things that keeps getting bumped down the list from all the other things I want for my kitchen. :) Maybe my love for butternut squash soup will convince me this year.

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    1. Laura, you have to get an immersion blender. Mine changed my life for soups and sauces!!!

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  2. I love butternut and sausage together - what a delicious soup! Thank you for joining in this week!

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  3. This looks delicious!! A meal in itself!!!

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  4. Interesting soup, with the sausage blended in. I like the flavors a lot! And the yogurt instead of cream.

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    1. Thanks Paula. The sausage adds a very nice flavor to the soup.

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  5. Very different thanks for sharing!

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  6. Not only does the soup sound delish, the design you created in the bowl is so pretty!!!! LOVE it!

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    1. Thanks girl! I struggled with that design.

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  7. This looks amazing! I love the sausage in the soup! I bet it takes it to the next level!

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    1. Thanks Jen! The sausage really does.

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  8. I love sausage but I never thought about putting it in Buternut Aquash soup. However, I do add it to my French Onion Soup.

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    1. Sheila, since its puréed, you get the flavor of the sausage without messing up the texture of this soup. When you put it in your French onion, do you blend it or is it done in slices?

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  9. This sounds so good! The immersion blender is the best thing to come along since sliced bread.

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    1. Thanks Anne! I couldn't agree more!

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  10. Love your healthy version!! The flavors sound really good together especially the sausage and the herbs!! Will be trying for sure :)

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  11. Love your healthy version!! The flavors sound really good together especially the sausage and the herbs!! Will be trying for sure :)

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  12. Love your healthy version!! The flavors sound really good together especially the sausage and the herbs!! Will be trying for sure :)

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  13. What an amazing presentation! Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm trying hard to get better at my food photography!

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  14. Yummy, love the addition of the sausage!!

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  15. Oh this sounds amazing for a chilly afternoon (or dinner). Total comfort food.

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    1. I make a big batch for dinner, then eat the leftovers for lunch through the week!

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  16. The addition of sausage looks great and my immersion blender is my best friend during soup making season!

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    1. Thanks Susan! I couldn't live without my immersion blender! First time I made this I used my food processor. Disaster!

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  17. I love this time of year when everyone is posting tasty fall soup recipes. They make the perfect light dinner or easy work day lunches.

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    1. Exactly! I usually make a big batch of soup for dinner and eat the leftovers for lunch!

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  18. Never thought to add sausage to butternut soup! Love the yogurt addition too

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    1. Thanks Sarah! The sausage flavors work so well with the squash!

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  19. I completely agree that a grilled cheese sandwich goes perfectly with butternut squash soup. I'm loving your addition of sausage to the soup too. Also looking for that mustard the next time I'm at the store.

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    1. Thanks Renee! I love grilled cheese! It's the kid in me. I' ran out of the mustard after this recipe. So sad.

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  20. This looks soooo yummy! I love sausage and squash.

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  21. Sausage and squash are a match made in heaven - and I neeeeed to make a batch of this luscious soup! And one grilled cheese, as well. Love the sound of that awesome mustard!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I ran out of the mustard after this recipe :( got it as a gift. I'm going to have to stalk the Internet to find more ASAP!

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  22. Oh this looks so heavenly. Butternut squash and sausage sounds ridiculously yummy.
    I love that you added the yogurt instead. Yum!!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! It's so much healthier and you won't miss the heavy cream!

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  23. Wow this looks awesome!! Sounds like a great balance for taste too, I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! The flavors are amazing!

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  24. I love that you used yogurt instead of cream! It looks just wonderful!!

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  25. SO pretty! I bet it tastes delicious too.

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  26. This is so pretty. I just love the little design on top.

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  27. Butternut Squash + Sausage = YES! Interesting and yummy combo! :-)

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  28. What a beautiful soup! And with sausage? YUMMO!

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  29. Your soup looks spectacular! I've never been able to make that beautiful design with my toppings...it looks wonderful! Loving the adult grilled cheese,too :)

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    1. Lizzy, it took me three tries!! Eventually, I got a decent "web". Thank you!

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  30. This soup sounds amazing (I love that you've made it healthy) and whoa baby, does that grilled cheese look good! I mean, champagne honey and sweet garlic mustard? I have to find out where I can buy a case of that. I'd put it on everything! This is the perfect fall meal, hands down.

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    1. That mustard is to die for! I am out of it and received it as a gift. I am hoping I can find more of it.

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  31. Beautiful! Thanks for the healthy modifications.

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  32. This looks and sounds so healthy. A meal in itself ! Love the addition of Greek yogurt ! Looks yummy too !

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    1. Thank you! You won't even miss the heavy cream :)

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  33. This looks amazing! I am definitely going to make this!

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  34. Love the lightened up version of this. So pretty with the swirl in there!

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  35. I love anything that has skinny in the title. This recipe looks amazing and what fabulous photography! Can't wait to try it.

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    1. Thanks Isabel, means a lot coming from you :O)

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  36. I love the idea adding the sausage in the soup! Looks delicious!

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  37. Love this! SO pretty! and dude, that panini looks pretty darn yummy too! :)

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  38. My lesson of the week is: If I want to make a proper soup I need an emmersion blender. Yours looks so much better than mine. Mine turned out too chunky and I think the stock ratio was off. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh no Sarah! That blender is truly a soup lifesaver. If it isn't blended smooth then it will be very chunky and watery. Hope you give this another shot using the blender!

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  39. My immersion blender died and reading this recipe makes me want to go replace it now! Man, does this sound yummy! I bet if I could make the cute swirls like you did the girls would try it.

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  40. I love that you used Greek yogurt to get a n ice creamy texture rather than traditional cream!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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  41. Beautiful presentation! I love that you added sausage as well!

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