Trader Joe’s Favorites & Butternut Squash Tomato Basil Soup

Trader Joe's Favorites & Butternut Squash Tomato Basil Soup
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TOTAL TIME :15minutes35minutes
  • 3/4 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt (start with 1 & add to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced into 1/4" pieces (approx 1/2 medium onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 14.5 oz cans organic diced tomatoes (no salt added)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 32 ounces low-sodium veggie stock
  • 12 ounces pre-cut butternut squash from TJ's (can sub sweet potatoes)
  • 1 loose cup fresh basil with stems, plus more for garnish
  • Optional: pumpkin seeds for garnish
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together paprika, turmeric salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat a soup pot to medium-low and add olive oil. When oil is lightly shimmering, add onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened and translucent, around 6-8 minutes. Turn heat to low and add garlic and spices. Cook, stirring, another minute, until garlic is softened and fragrant. You can add a splash of water or two to prevent sticking/burning.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stir to incorporate and bring soup to a simmer (for me, this usually means turning the heat back to medium-low). Simmer for 30 minutes, or until butternut squash is fork-tender and the soup has thickened in consistency. Carefully use tongs or a spoon to pull basil leaves out. Discard.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup, or carefully blend in a blender or food processor—this usually requires 2 batches.
  5. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh shredded basil and any other garnish of choice.
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