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This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It’s packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

I remember the day I made this soup.

It was the first real cold day of winter (which now is laughable because currently it’s so cold the wind freaking hurts my face) and I was craving soup.

I wanted something hearty and stick to my ribs but I didn’t want it to take all day to make.

While I love a good slow cooker soup I hate that it takes all day long to cook.

Then I’m forced to sit around smelling all that deliciousness knowing I can’t eat it until hours later.

So I came up with this soup.

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal.

It’s full of my favorites things and then topped with a little store bought pesto because I’m a huge fan of flavor.

If you have some homemade pesto laying around feel free to use that instead.

I personally think my garlic scape pesto would be awesome in this soup!

This takes just a little over an hour to make and will make your whole house smell like heaven.

The great thing about this soup is that it’s pretty flexible too.

 

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. Ready in just about an hour!

You can keep it vegetarian by using vegetable stock and no ham, if you like acorn squash us that and if you love spinach more that escarole you guessed it – use it!

You really can’t go wrong with this soup.

Oh and when serving I like to keep my pasta out of the soup.

I feel like it soaks up all the broth and then the pasta gets all weird.

I simply scoop the pasta in my soup bowl and pour the hot soup overtop.

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham.

Love this butternut squash minestrone soup recipe?

Looking for more delicious soup recipes? Try my spicy chicken lime soup, New England clam chowder, or my curried lentil vegetable soup.

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Butternut Squash Minestrone Soup

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. It's packed full of hearty vegetables and ham and ready in just about an hour!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups diced ham steak, bite size pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (32 ounce) containers chicken stock
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cut in half
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannelloni beans
  • 2 cups packed chopped escarole
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound small pasta, cooked
  • Pesto, store bought

Adapted from BonAppetit

Directions:

In a large soup pot add olive oil and set over medium heat.

Once the oil is hot add in ham, celery and onion. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat until the vegetables are soft but not browned. Add in garlic and saute just until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add in chicken stock, butternut squash, green beans and ham hock. Turn the heat up to high, bring it to a boil and then lower the heat back to medium and simmer until the vegetables are just tender. Stir in beans and escarole and stir to just warm the beans and wilt the escarole.

Remove ham hock, taste the soup and season with desired amount of kosher salt and pepper.

To serve: you can add the cooked pasta to the soup OR add pasta to a bowl and pour the hot soup over top. I like doing it the second way so the pasta doesn't soak up all the broth. Then I top with a spoonful of pesto.

Note: If while cooking the soup becomes too thick simply add in more stock until you have reached your desired soupiness. I like a thick soup without a lot of broth so I tend to make them with less broth.

This butternut squash minestrone soup is the perfect winter meal. This simple soup is ready in an hour and packed full of hearty vegetables and ham.

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Liz

Sunday 7th of February 2016

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made it last week and it was amazing!! Going to make another batch tonight for weekday prep. We skipped the noodles and used kale.

nutmegnanny

Sunday 14th of February 2016

Hi Liz! I'm so glad you love the soup! It's a favorite around here and I love the idea of using hearty kale...yum!

Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

Thursday 7th of January 2016

This looks like the perfect comfort food for winter! :) And love that little pasta tip! That's a great way to keep the pasta in soups from getting all mushy.

Feestzaal

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Delicious and healthy recipe. I love Minestrone Soup but I haven't tried it with butternut. I will definitely try it out tonight itself. Thanks for sharing this recipe and posting :)

Megan Keno

Thursday 7th of January 2016

This looks so hearty and warm! I love the pesto addition!

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