Hello, friends! I am so excited about today! Not only do I have a wholesome Acorn Squash Soup recipe for you, but I have also teamed up with one of my favorite brands for the ingredients. Imperfect Produce shines a light on a chronic problem in our food system. I’ve always heard about food waste, but I never stopped and allowed myself to fully understand the magnitude of this issue. After learning about Imperfect Produce, I dove deeper into understanding the mission of this company. I am blown away and humbled by their commitment to farmers, consumers and fighting food waste.
So, let’s start with the basics.
More than 20% (yes, 20%!!) of all produce grown in America never makes it to the grocery store shelves because it fails to meet a standard of perfection. A simple blemish or being too large or small makes this produce unworthy by grocery store standards. This results in not millions, but billions of produce going to waste because it misses perfection by unrealistic standards. I don’t know about you, but this sparks a little fire inside of me.
So, what’s being done about this?
That’s where Imperfect Produce comes in. This company works directly with farmers to save the produce that is too often thrown to the side for the way it looks. Let’s be real. Farming is not easy. Weather is unpredictable, and there’s no way to coach produce to grow to the set standards. Imperfect Produce celebrates farmers and their produce, no matter the size or shape. And the best part?! This produce can be delivered straight to your doorstep for 30-50% less cost than the grocery store in a customizable box each week. HECK YES.
Now that we all have a little background knowledge on produce in our country, let’s talk about this soup made with amazing, imperfectly perfect produce. Before creating this recipe, cooking with acorn squash was something I was not familiar with. To be honest, winter squash used to be intimidating to me! But after a YouTube video or two on how to cut up squash, I was hooked on this nutty-flavored squash. The acorn squash, along with the coconut milk, make this soup creamy, while the apples add a perfect tart compliment to it. The onions, carrots and vegetable broth tie it all together to make this a savory soup perfect for the cold weather ahead. As with most of my recipes, this is simple enough for every beginner to master. All the produce is roasted on one baking sheet, then pureed with the broth and coconut milk. Top it off with chicken sausage and you are a true chef. And, don’t be afraid to make a mistake or add your own spin on it. Because after all, no one, and no squash, is perfect.
Let’s be a community of people celebrating not only our own imperfections, but the appearance imperfections in the food we eat. If you’d like to learn more about Imperfect Produce, you can do so here. Thanks for reading friends. Be ready for more recipes coming your way this month!
Acorn Squash Soup
makes: 4 servings
2 imperfect acorn squash
1 medium-sized imperfect onion OR 3 small-sized imperfect onions
2 imperfect apples
2 imperfect carrots
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb chicken sausage
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk
salt & pepper
start off by preheating the oven to 425 F
quarter the acorn squash and scoop out the seeds
quarter the medium-sized onions OR halve the small-sized onions, outer skin removed
core, peel, and halve the apples
quarter the carrots
on a baking sheet with parchment paper, place acorn squash, onions, apples, and carrots. drizzle the produce with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. bake for 25 minutes
as the produce is baking, cook the chicken sausage in a skillet with 1 tsp olive oil
in a large pot, heat the broth and coconut milk to a simmer
once the 25min is up, scoop acorn squash out of skin, and then place all produce in a blender. add the coconut milk + broth to the blender as well. blend on all ingredients are pureed.
return soup to the large pot, heat as needed, and serve immediately with chicken sausage on top. enjoy!
if you have a smaller blender, puree soup in two batches
fun additional garnishes: crispy kale, coconut cream, roasted nuts
This post is in partnership with Imperfect Produce. All thoughts and opinions are my own about this rad company.