butternut squash soup with rice

We love the texture of this smooth soup with some rice mixed in, but it is a delicious fall soup without, as well. 

  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice, rinsed
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste, plus extra for drizzling
  • Toasted squash seeds, for garnish, optional (see sidebar)
  1. In a medium saucepan, boil 3 cups water. Add brown rice and reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is cooked and water is absorbed, 40-45 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove lid and place a clean kitchen towel over top of pot. Place lid over towel and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, fluff with a fork.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.  
  3. Place squash on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned on all sides and softened.
  4. Allow squash to cool, and transfer to a blender along with 2 cups of stock and purée until smooth (do this in batches if necessary). Add more stock if needed. Transfer soup to a large saucepan and add remaining stock. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, until warmed through. 
  5. In a small bowl, combine yogurt and maple syrup. 
  6. Divide rice among serving bowls, followed by soup. Top each with a spoonful of maple yogurt. Top with squash seeds (if using), a drizzle of additional maple syrup, and serve warm.

Serves 4.