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The Best Butternut Squash Soup

Updated on October 23, 2013
4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Moroccan Butternut Squash Chickpea Soup
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 55 min
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: Approximately ten people.

Items Needed

  • Peeler

  • Crock Pot

  • Measuring Cup

  • Measuring Spoons

  • Paring Knife

  • Frying Pan

  • Cutting Board
  • 2 Baking Sheets
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Chicken
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Can Chickpeas
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Quart Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1/4 Cup Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 Squash
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey

You Will Need the Following Items:

1. Roast the Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes.

  • Preheat the oven to 415 degrees.
  • With a paring knife, cut off the skin from the butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
  • On a cutting board, cut the butternut squash and sweet potatoes into one inch cubes and transfer them onto two separate baking sheets.
  • Lightly coat olive oil over the vegetables and sprinkle them with dried oregano.
  • Roast the vegetables for thirty minutes, turning them over halfway through.

2. Prepare the Chicken Stock.

  • Bring two cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan and add chicken stock cube.

  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir the cube until it dissolves.

3. Blend the Chickpeas.

Empty the chickpeas into a blender and puree well.

  • Blend the chickpeas into a rich, creamy consistency and then pour them into the crockpot.

  • Open the can of tomatoes and pour them into the soup.

4. Add Chicken Stock to the Crockpot.

5. Add the Spices to the Crockpot.

  • Pour in the Cayenne Pepper, Cumin, Paprika, and Ground Cinnamon.

  • Add Salt, Pepper, and honey.


6. Prepare the Chicken.

Cut the chicken into strips and lightly sprinkle with pepper and garlic powder.

7. Chop the Spinach.

Wash and chop up the spinach and then add to the crock pot.

8. Chop the Zucchini and Squash.

Chop up the zucchini and squash and add them to the soup.

9. Chop the Onions and Mince the Garlic.

10. Add the Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes.

Carefully remove the butternut squash and sweet potatoes from the oven and add them to the crockpot.

11. Pan Fry the Chicken.

  • In a frying pan, heat up one tablespoon of olive oil (or grapeseed oil, it has a higher burning point than olive oil) on medium heat and add the chicken.

  • Cook the chicken four to five minutes on each side or until the chicken is done. The meat should not be red in the middle.


12. Sauté the Onions and Garlic.

  • After you have pan fried your chicken, pour in a half tablespoon of olive oil, and sauté the onions and garlic.

  • The onions and garlic should caramelize a bit in the pan after combining with the chicken remains.

  • This caramelizing, combined with the hint of cinnamon, gives this soup a very warm, sweet fall taste.

13. Shred the Chicken.

  • Shred the chicken and add it to the crock pot. Stir all the ingredients well.

  • Bring the soup to a gentle boil and simmer for 45 minutes.

14. Serve and Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Butternut Squash

  • Butternut Squash is high in antioxidant content, in particular, those that produce an anti-inflammatory effect, which has been beneficial to those with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Asthma.

  • It is high in fiber, potassium, B vitamins, beta carotene, and low in fat,

Health Benefits of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

  • Chickpeas are very high in fiber, which can aid in weight loss.

  • Chickpeas contain a phytonutrient called Saponin, which acts like an antioxidant for women, helping to prevent cancer.

  • Regular intake can lower bad LDL cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Health Benefits of Spinach

  • Did you know that cooking spinach actually increases its' nutritional benefits? That is because our body can't break down all of the nutrients in raw spinach properly. When cooked, spinach delivers three times as many nutrients to our body.

  • Spinach is rich in Iron, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Protein, and several flavonoid compounds that act as cancer prevention substances.

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

  • Cayenne Pepper has been proven to reduce blood cholesterol, clear sinus congestion,fight inflammation, and even aid in pain relief due to osteoarthritis by the means of a topical cream.

Health Benefits of Cumin

  • Cumin has been proven to boost the immune systems natural response, a property that is highly beneficial to cancer patients that have undergone chemotherapy and had their immune systems compromised.

  • Cumin protects the liver from toxins, helps stimulate weight loss by increasing the bodies metabolic rate, and helps in the prevention of cataracts.


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    • Hippie-Girl profile image

      Janelle 3 years ago from Oklahoma, USA

      Mmmm! Looks great!

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      Casey Johnson 3 years ago from Sanger, Texas

      Thanks Hippie-Girl!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This looks delicious - perfect for a cool Fall afternoon with a side of fresh baked bread and a salad. Mmm.

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      Casey Johnson 3 years ago from Sanger, Texas

      Thank you FlourishAnyway.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      This recipe looks so good! Soups are great comfort foods for this time of the year!

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      Casey Johnson 3 years ago from Sanger, Texas

      Thanks cygnetbrown! Thanks for your help too!

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      You are welcome!

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      myuniverseawaits 3 years ago

      Beautiful and imformative hub.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Looks fabulous--thanks! Going to check out your other recipes now.

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      lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds enjoyable and is good for us too. Nothing beats a great bowl of soup when there is a nip in the air. Thanks for sharing this.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This looks so good! It's making me hungry. I love all of the ingredients. I have never used chick peas like that before, but I love them. Thank you for such a lovely and wonderful soup recipe.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I'm just blown away that it's a 2-tours-in-Iraq armed forces veteran presenting this amazing recipe. The text and pictures, from a technical perspective, are excellent and definitely reader-friendly, Casey! Whoever taught you to cook made a terrific investment of time and culinary wisdom.

      Aloha and mahalo for sharing!

      ~Joe

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      Casey Johnson 3 years ago from Sanger, Texas

      Thanks Joe! What a great compliment!

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      Wacky Mummy 3 years ago from UK

      That looks delicious and has made me rather hungry! Thankfully I have some homemade pumpkin soup on the hob!

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      SJ9190 3 years ago

      Very interesting recipe.

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      ElleBee 3 years ago

      I love my soup and this looks yummy! I have never seen a soup quite like this, and I have a feeling it (or something very similar) will definitely be making its way into my kitchen sometime soon!

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      Toya Christie 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Wow. This is a great recipe with such good photos and instructions thanks.

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      Bonny OBrien 3 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Yummy a perfect fall soup for a chilly night,

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      Suguna 3 years ago from India

      Yummy and tasty. I tried this at my house. Everyone loved.

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      raguett 3 years ago

      Hi thanks for this hub. i recently had a health scare and have been looking for more healthy recipes this one looks awesome .can't wait to try...not sure if hubby will like...but then i won't have to share ...thanks for posting

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