Imagine you’re on your way home from work. You’re frantic. You need to make dinner and you want all of the people you have to feed to be happy. You’ve worked all day and the LAST THING you want to hear is complaining. That’s when you make a “Choose Your Own Adventure” meal! How do you do that? Well you provide a bunch of options so everyone can customize dinner to their own taste. The best quick weeknight meals are the ones where everyone gets what they want. That’s why Taco Night & Burger Night are both so popular at my house.
Let me show you how you can turn Soup Night into something much more!
First we’re going to take our base soup– Imagine’s Organic Creamy Butternut Squash Soup and we’re going to make a BUFFET of toppings. This soup is PERFECT way to celebrate Autumn.
It’s light, creamy and super velvety.
I wasn’t kidding about the toppings. Bust out ALL THE BOWLS.
Toppings above include:
- fried sage
- pomegranate seeds
- sour cream
- cranberry sauce
- browned butter
- caramelized onions
- candied walnuts
- chili powder
- curry powder
- green onions
- tortilla chips
- cheddar cheese
- blue cheese
Heat up your soup in a pot over the stove.
One container of Imagine’s Organic Creamy Butternut Squash Soup can make up to four small bowls of soup. I used two containers for all 8.
Let’s top it!
OK. Are you ready to see 8 different combinations? Let’s go!
This version has pomegranate seeds for sweetness, green onions for a sharp bite, bacon for a smoky/salty vibe and a swirl of sour cream to make even CREAMIER!
This version is similar to the one above but we add cranberry sauce and caramelized onions!
It tastes like Thanksgiving!
We go for a Thai inspired soup with this one. Stir in some curry powder, drizzle some sriracha on top and finish with toasted coconut and fresh cilantro! I bet a little coconut cream would be divine in there.
When I think of Autumn, I think of butternut squash and SAGE! Browned butter makes everything better, doesn’t it? I fried some sage in the browned butter and it made its way into the butternut squash soup!
Autumn dreams are made of this combination.
Let’s turn it into a Mexican inspired soup! Here we have salsa, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, chili powder and hot sauce. Don’t forget the tortilla chips!
Bread + cheese + soup = YAAAAAAS
Here I topped crostini with blue cheese & caramelized onions. Now that I’m looking at this I am sure a balsamic reduction drizzle would be a good addition!
We combine candied walnuts with the fried sage, a drizzle of browned butter, candied walnuts and creme fraiche. We add a little pomegranate seeds for extra fun.
This one is one of my favorites because the blue cheese and spinach wilts into the soup. Candied walnuts for an extra crunchy surprise!
Other toppings that would be awesome:
- dried cranberries
- cheesy croutons
- cannellini beans
- grilled cheese sandwich cut up into little pieces
There you have it. Butternut Squash Soup 8 Ways.
Hope this inspires you to have a soup party with toppings in your near future!
This post was produced in partnership with Imagine®. As always, all opinions are my own.