Dinner

Butternut Squash Bacon Soup

Butternut Squash Bacon Soup
Level
Easy
Prep
15 minutes
Cook
45 minutes
Servings
Makes 4 servings
COZY UP WITH BENEVOLENT BACON. Recipe by Jackie at Vegan Yak Attack

• Vegan recipes do not use any ingredients of animal origin including eggs, dairy, or honey.
• Recipes are vegan when prepared with the specified ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound peeled butternut squash, chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 package (5.5 ounces) SWEET EARTH Enlightened Foods Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon
  • 1/2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 can (15 ounces) butter beans, drained
  • 1 cup chopped Swiss chard, firmly packed, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Fresh sage (optional)
Plant-based Bacon

MAKE IT

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. In a large mixing bowl, place butternut squash, onion, 4-5 strips of chopped Benevolent Bacon™ (leaving 4 strips for garnish), and 1/2 tablespoon oil. Toss, then add salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Toss again until evenly coated and layer evenly on the baking sheet.
Step 2
Place baking sheet in oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, or until butternut squash is fork tender with some browning edges. In the last 10 minutes of squash mixture roasting, warm vegetable broth in a large pot, with sage and thyme added in.
Step 3
Once everything is roasted, and broth is simmering, add roasted mixture from baking sheet to pot, along with butter beans and chard leaves (not stems). Bring back to a light simmer and cook covered for 10 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Step 4
While the soup is simmering, heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, place 4 strips of Benevolent Bacon™ and cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook 2-3 minutes on the other side. Once browned, remove bacon from pan and chop up.
Step 5
For plating, divide soup between four bowls, garnish with crispy bacon, chopped chard stems, and a couple leaves of sage.