A creamy, silky soup that’s wholesome too. Roasted pecans add flavor, plant-based protein and good fats to this dairy-free, vegan and paleo soup that can be served as a side dish or main.
1 small butternut squash, roasted (about 2 cups)
1 cup raw pecan halves – Pecan Halves
2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon pecan oil or coconut oil or avocado oil
1/2 small leek, chopped
2/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1 1/3 cup vegetable broth*
1/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Green onion, chopped (optional)
Pesto sauce (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Chop the tip and tail off the butternut squash and cut it in half length-wise. Scoop out the seeds and innards. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast cut-side down 50 to 60 minutes, or until flesh is very soft when poked with a fork.
Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and roast for 3 minutes while the squash is roasting, or until golden-brown and crunchy. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh into a high-powered blender, discarding the skin.
While squash is roasting, sauté the leek: Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to a skillet and heat to medium-high. Add the leek and sauté, stirring occasionally, until leek is bright green and softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Transfer sautéed leek to the blender along with 2/3 cup of the roasted pecans, coconut milk, broth, sea salt, and nutmeg. Blend on high until completely creamy and any lumps are out. Taste soup for flavor and add more sea salt if desired.
Serve with the remaining roasted pecans and, if desired, chopped green onion and pesto sauce.
*Recipe note: You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth