Attention soup lovers! Pacific® Foods has your back this fall/winter with their line of flavorful soups and soup starters. No more boring soup for lunch! You can either keep it super simple and buy some of their ready-to-eat soups, or go semi-homemade like I did in my recipe for Southwestern Roasted Squash Soup featuring the Tortilla Soup Starter.
To keep things interesting, I threw in some roasted butternut squash, which is one of my favorite fall fruits (yes, it is a fruit). Just one cup of butternut squash delivers half of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C—helps keep the immune system in tip-top shape! This gourd is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body, and helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. Typically, I forgo pre-cut vegetables and fruits, but in this case, I’m all for packaged butternut squash cubes. Such a time saver and the quality is just as good in my opinion. If you choose to buy a fresh butternut squash instead, I would suggest using a vegetable peeler to remove skin, and then cut into uniform cubes.
Southwestern Roasted Squash Soup
2 cups butternut squash cubes
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. salt
1 carton Pacific® Tortilla Soup Starter
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
Plain, non-fat greek yogurt or sour cream (optional)
Shredded Mexican-style cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread butternut squash evenly on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with chili powder as desired, and salt. Bake for 25 minutes, or until squash is tender and easily pierced with a fork.
2. In a dutch oven or saucepan, add the Pacific® Tortilla Soup Starter, black beans, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook on low heat while the squash is in the oven.
3. Add the roasted squash to the soup and mix to evenly distribute.
4. Serve with fresh cilantro, greek yogurt or sour cream, and cheese on top if desired.
*Disclosure: I received free samples of Pacific Soup Starters and by posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest with Pacific Foods.