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November 12, 2009

Roasted Beet and Garlic Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls

I am a big fan of No Croutons Required, a monthly food blogging challenge featuring vegetarian soup and salads. I am excited to finally join in with the talented cooks that have been inspiring my soups and salads for some time now.

This month Lisa's Kitchen is hosting, and the challenge is to create a soup or salad featuring root vegetables. Oh! This month's challenge called my name, er rather, the fresh beets in the bottom of my produce bin called my name. These little guys were just begging to be made into a creamy soup. While the beets take most of the credit in this soup, several of my other root-friends also made an appearance.

The inspiration came from Gourmet to put beet soup into a roasted acorn squash bowl, but this beet soup is my own. I loved the idea immediately, but rather than going the direction of very sweet soup like theirs (featuring apples and brown sugar), I decided to go more savory with mine, featuring ginger and a head of roasted garlic. A very slight sweetness was satisfied by a swirl of coconut milk stirred through just before serving. A big handful of fresh dill would have been ideal, but using the dried dill that I had on hand was also delicious.

Be sure to visit Lisa's Kitchen starting on November 20th to root for your favorite soup or salad. Although I can't imagine what will beet this soup.. Gosh, I'm sorry, I can't help myself.

Roasted Beet and Garlic Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls

2-8 acorn squash (as many as you want, but the soup will fill up to 8 squashes)
olive oil for brushing
salt for sprinkling

6 small beets (about 2 cups after roasting and chopping)
1 head of garlic
2 c potatoes, chopped into ½ inch pieces, skin on
1 rib of celery
1 carrot, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
2 tsp ginger, minced
2 tsp dried dill (or use fresh if you've got it!)
4 c water
2 not-chick’n bouillon cubes
½ c coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil

SQUASH: Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut off the top portion of the squash about 1 inch down, and reserve. Scoop out seeds (save these to toast later if you please). Cut a thin slice off of the bottoms of the squash, as thin as possible but that will still provide a flat and stable base. Brush the insides and the squash lid with oil and sprinkle with salt. Place squash bowls and lids in shallow baking pans, bowls right-side up, and lids cut side down. Roast squash for 60-75 minutes, or until the flesh is just tender.

BEETS/GARLIC: Once you’ve got the squash going you can start prepping the beets and garlic. Wash and trim beets, wrap each beet in foil, and place into a small baking dish. Trim ¼ inch off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves. Set the trimmed garlic head cut side up onto a piece of foil, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then close up the foil into a little packet. Put the garlic into the same dish as the beets and put dish into the oven to roast alongside the squash that is already underway. Take the garlic out after 30 minutes (or when the cloves are nicely browned), set aside to cool. The beets are done when they are fork tender, for my small beets they took about 45 minutes. Once the beets are done allow them to cool for a bit, then peel and chop them into 1 inch pieces.

SOUP: Heat oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add onion and ginger and saut̩ until the onion softens Р5-7 minutes. Add celery, carrots, and potatoes and saut̩ for another 5-7 minutes. Stir in water, dill, and bouillon cubes and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium-low heat and cover. At this time I worked on peeling and chopping my roasted beets and gently squeezing out the cloves of roasted garlic. Once complete add the beets and garlic to the pot for the last bit of simmering. In total the soup should simmer 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes and other veggies are tender. Transfer soup in batches to the blender and blend until smooth. Transfer back to pot and stir in coconut milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into acorn squash bowls and serve.

This dreamy hot pink soup paired excellently with the acorn squash, but is also a great soup all on it's own.


  1. I really like the 'beet it soup' pun. Made me smile. I love the colours of this soup and the way it is served in acorn squash bowls. Good luck with NCR. I am still thinking of what to make, as there are so many seasonal root veggies to choose from.

  2. Spectacular photos! I love beet soup too but never thought to put it in acorn squash bowls. Love it!

  3. that's one tasty & beauuuuutiful soup! i loooove root veggies, especially beets - and acorn squash is one of my favorites. mmmmmmmm! any soup with coconut milk is a winner in my book - and it sounds over-the-top delicious with all the ginger and garlic! yay!

  4. That looks so amazing and it sounds really good. I've never cooked beet before, I'd love to give this recipe a try very soon. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea:)

  5. That sounds delicious - and the bowls are incredible, I'm definitely stealing that idea for my next dinner party. Plus, anyone who puts a whole head of garlic into soup is a girl after my own heart :)

  6. that soup looks so beautiful and I love your take on beetroot soup - much prefer a savoury one like this


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