This black bean butternut squash is easy to make and big on flavor. Lots of help from store bought ingredients makes for a quick meal.
I have been on a butternut squash kick since I got back from Maine where I had a really good butternut squash soup. For whatever reason it had totally slipped my mind that I used to make a super easy version myself. It had been years since I made it so I had to dig thru my achieves of notes or old Instagram posts but I finally found my black bean butternut squash recipe.
Sweet Versus Savory
When I see butternut squash recipes I see them both sweet and savory. However even when I see them being on the “savory” side the dish looks like it would still be sweet because of the way the squash is being used. My husband does not like sweet dinners. So with that in mind I always took some extra steps to really play up the savory side of this dish
First of all I use chipotle in adobo. If you haven’t ever cooked with it chipotle in adobo are jalapeño peppers that are smoked and dried and then put in this tomato liquid which reconstitutes them. They are used in a lot of Mexican recipes. But they can be spicy. Also the risk you take is you never truly know how hot a pepper is going to be until you use it.
So in this recipe I use two of the peppers plus all the liquid left in the can. However if you are not a fan of spice you can do a few things:
- If you don’t like ANY spice just use the liquid from the can to give the soup that chipotle flavor without the heat
- Start with one pepper when you blend the soup, if that is not spicy enough for you add the second one
This black bean butternut squash soup is very easy to make. If you can chop an onion and open a few cans you can make this soup. It’s one of the soups where lots of pre-made or canned ingredients get thrown together.
- Canned ingredients – chipotle in adobo, black beans, crushed tomatoes
- Frozen ingredients – butternut squash (no need to waste time cutting and roasting the squash here!), frozen corn
- Pre-shredded carrots – save a little time and let the store do the work for you
All of the above makes the soup very easy to make. Plus you are getting four vegetables and a fruit in this recipe with virtually no work!
I use my Vitamix to blend the soup up but a Ninja, Nutribullet, or a regular old blender will work just fine.
So the next time you are looking for a quick meal with very little work be sure to check out this black bean butternut squash soup. It doesn’t even have to be fall to make it! And remember, if you try this recipe be sure to rate it and leave a comment below and let me know how you like it. Or tag me on Instagram!