This dish is easy to make yet tastes complex with layers of flavor and, even better, is also comforting on a cold day. I recommend roasting your vegetables—before puréeing them—for maximum flavor and enhanced natural sweetness.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 pounds squash, such as butternut, acorn, or Hubbard, halved, seeded, and cut into large pieces
- 4 large carrots, scrubbed and quartered
- 1 onion, quartered
- 1-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, preferably Vietnamese, plus more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Yields 6 servings.
Heat your oven to 425°F. Coat a large baking sheet with the olive oil and add all the vegetables, with the squash pieces skin side up. Roast for 30 minutes, flip the vegetables with a spatula, and roast for another 20 minutes. Once the vegetables are cool enough to handle, scrape all the squash flesh from its skin and transfer to your food processor along with the carrots, onions, 1 cup of the broth, and the spices. Pulse a few times, adding more liquid as needed until it reaches a purée consistency. Taste and add more cinnamon and/or nutmeg as desired.