Spiced Carrot-Butternut Squash Soup with Pine Nut Cream

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Pine nut cream perfectly ties the sweetness of the carrots with the leeks and spices in this hearty autumn soup.

NotesThe soup will keep for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator. Pine nut cream will keep about a week in the refrigerator.

Chef’s Tip: You can use store-bought organic carrot juice and precut butternut squash if you’re in a pinch for time.

NUTRITION NOTE: Carrot juice is high in beta-carotene, a phytonutrient the body converts into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant responsible for reducing free-radical damage and maintaining eye health, liver function, and bone formation.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time2 hr 40 min

Preparation Time - Text2 hours 40 minutes



Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Main Course

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Raw, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureCreamy, Savory, Sweet

Type of DishSoup


  • 1 cup (135 g) pine nuts, soaked 2 hours
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  • 3 cups (710 ml) fresh carrot juice
  • ¾ cup (105 g) cubed butternut squash
  • ¼ cup (25 g) sliced leeks
  • 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ¾ medium-size avocado


  1. To Make the Cream:

  2. Place all the ingredients into a highpower blender and process until completely smooth.

  3. To Make the Soup:

  4. Place the carrot juice, squash, leeks, pumpkin pie spice, thyme, salt, and pepper into a high-power blender and process until smooth. If you like a warm soup, blend for 2 minutes. Add the avocado and blend again until smooth.

  5. Pour into soup bowls and serve with the pine nut cream.

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