Autumnal Ambrosia: Butternut Squash, Tomato, Chard & Chickpea Soup

Delve into a heartwarming bowl of autumnal goodness. This soup combines the earthy sweetness of butternut squash with the hearty nutrition of chard and chickpeas, and the bright zest of tomatoes. Each spoonful promises warmth, comfort, and a dance of flavors.

Photo of a steaming bowl of butternut squash, tomato, chard, and chickpea soup, with vibrant colors and textures, garnished with fresh chard and a drizzle of olive oil.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 6 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: One hearty bowl

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 230 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 8g
  • Fats: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Sodium: 270mg
  • Fiber: 7g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Butternut squash (peeled and diced): 800 grams
  • Fresh tomatoes (diced): 400 grams
  • Chard (chopped): 300 grams
  • Chickpeas (cooked or canned): 400 grams
  • Onion (finely chopped): 150 grams
  • Garlic cloves (minced): 20 grams
  • Vegetable broth: 1.5 liters
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Salt: 5 grams
  • Freshly ground black pepper: 5 grams
  • Ground cumin: 5 grams
  • Fresh lemon juice: 30ml

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil and sauté onions until translucent.
  • Add minced garlic and cook until aromatic.
  • Stir in the diced butternut squash, tomatoes, and ground cumin. Cook for a few minutes.
  • Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let it simmer until the butternut squash is tender.
  • Add chickpeas and chard, simmering until the chard is wilted.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and a splash of fresh lemon juice.
  • Serve hot, garnished with some fresh chard or herbs of choice.
Photo of the soup being ladled from a large pot into a ceramic bowl, with steam rising, and a backdrop of autumn leaves and cozy ambiance.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Roasting the butternut squash before adding it to the soup can enhance its flavor.
  • A dollop of yogurt or a sprinkle of roasted seeds on top adds texture and depth to the dish.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use kale instead of chard? Absolutely! Kale would be a great substitute and will add a slightly different flavor and texture.
  • Can this soup be made ahead and frozen? Yes, it freezes well. Just ensure it's cooled completely before transferring to freezer-safe containers.