Butternut-Ginger Bisque

1 half butternut squash
medium size
extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons
1 inch fresh turmeric
thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 1/2 inches ginger root
thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic
smashed and peeled
1 medium white or yellow onion
sea salt
to taste
1 tsp mushroom seasoning
black pepper
freshly ground
parsley or cilantro
optional - chopped
  • deep skillet with lid
  • blender
  • medium soup pot
Creamy, satisfying, and rich in beta-carotene, this brilliant bisque is actually dairy-free. It freezes well, so you may want to make a double batch (using both halves of the squash) and freeze it for later.
Cut butternut squash in two equal halves, stem to end.
Remove seeds. Place cut side down in a deep skillet. Add water to almost 1” level. Put the lid on and bring the water to a boil. When it starts to boil, turn heat to low. Simmer until squash is tender. Put on oven mitts and/or using a large sturdy spatula or serving spoons, remove squash from skillet. Reserve the hot water.
In a medium-size pot, heat the oil. Add onion, garlic, turmeric and ginger and sauté 2 - 3 minutes, until onion is translucent. Stir constantly to avoid scorching.
Scoop out the flesh of one half of the squash and put it in the pot with onions, garlic, and ginger. Add the water from steaming the squash.
Add salt (alaea sea salt, RealSalt, Himalayan or other good salt). Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
If soup is too thick, add more water. Adjust seasoning. For added depth of flavor, add mushroom seasoning (available in large foil packets in Asian markets; be sure to buy the kind with no MSG).
Pour about 1/3 of the soup into a blender. Cover lid with a towel. Hold blender lid tightly. Blend until creamy smooth. Dump blended soup into another pot. Repeat process with remaining soup until all soup is smooth. WARNING: The soup is like molten lava, so hold lid on very tightly to avoid eruption
Grind some black pepper on top of each serving. Garnish with parsley or cilantro if desired.