Sumac Acorn Squash Soup with Parsley Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 60 minutes Serves 2 servings

A flavorful acorn squash soup featuring sumac and a parsley-tahini sauce.

Ingredients

  • Soup:

  • 1 medium acorn squash

  • 2 to 3 large shallots

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/2 cup cooked cannellini beans, drained and rinsed if using canned

  • 1 ½ to 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth (see note)

  • 1 teaspoon sumac

  • Parsley Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons tahini

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425˚F. Cut the acorn squash into roughly 6 to 8 wedges. Peel the shallot and leave in large chunks. Add both to a roasting pan and toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast until the squash is browning and tender; 45 to 55 minutes.
  • Once the squash is done, let cool enough to handle, remove the seeds/peel then place in a blender with the beans, 1 ½ cups vegetable broth, and sumac. Puree until smooth, adding ½ cup of vegetable broth at a time until the soup is a good consistency. Transfer to a pot and heat until warm. Taste and add more salt as needed (see note).
  • Also while the squash is cooking, combine the tahini, parsley, thyme, lemon juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt in a blender (I like my Blendtec Twister jar for this). Puree until well combined and smooth.
  • Divide the soup into 2 bowls and top with a large swirl of the parsley sauce, extra sprinkle of parsley, and a sprinkle of ground sumac.

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