A Panera Copycat
I wrote this recipe ~2 years ago and several friends are still making it…and my mom loves it! <3
This soup is AMAZING! Seriously. I don’t normally eat butternut squash, but I was out to lunch with a girlfriend and wanted something light. So, I tried the Autumn Butternut Squash Soup from Panera. First time trying this kind of soup, and it was pretty good. Well… me being me, I decided to see how I could recreate this and make it healthier. I played around with the recipe and this…this is close to perfection (if I do say so myself).
I took this over to a girlfriends house for our Scandal night last night and it was a hit! Luckily, we all workout together and like sharing healthy recipes. Most of us do not eat gluten, and I am exploring the dairy free world, so this recipe meets both qualifications…but no one would know because it is thick and creamy, tasty with a bit of cinnamon and curry which are opposing flavors. I also try to minimize sugar as much as possible, so I used an apple instead of apple juice, be careful of the sugar in juices! My philosophy, use real food vs. concentrated food to make it as natural as possible. Let nature do the work and you will be surprised at the flavors you can get. I hope you enjoy this one! ? Happy Fall!