What better way to start the week than with this butternut squash and brie soup with crispy pancetta on top.

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

You guys, please tell me it’s starting to feel a little chilly where you live? I feel like I am the only one experiencing cool weather and it’s making me wonder if all my soup recipes are just a tad outta place. Of course that’s clearly not stopping me from telling you all about them, but still, I am hoping some of you are starting to feel autumn’s chill…I mean we are more than halfway through October.

Ahh, and speaking of being half way through the month? I still have so much to cross off on my fall bucket list.

YIKES.

So excited about all the fun projects I am working on, and the upcoming holiday season. We are working endlessly on the new Studio BarnΒ (new post coming next week!), along with correcting some of the issues in the new redesign (sorry guys…hang in there with me), of course…creating content, and multiple other things happening behind the scenes. Everything is so exciting, but at times can be a little overwhelming too…my self doubt and negative thoughts have definitely been getting the better of me recently, and I’ve got to focus on pushing all of that out of my head. My goal for the week is less thinking/stressing/worrying and just more doing.

The weekend was filled with plenty of cooking, recipe brainstorming, frantic email writing (re: the new site design issues) and packing for LA tomorrow. Pretty excited to be starting the week feeling refreshed and ready for everything life has to throw at me…

Or I hope so anyway! And that’s my Monday positivity pushing its way through…fake it till it’s real, right.

Yes. Right. YES.

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Okay. And jumping right into this recipe today because, I mean, what could not be delicious about a butternut squash and brie soup? It’s truly the best bowl you could ever cozy up to.

Again, BRIE soup…with roasted butternut squash…AND crispy, salty pancetta.

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Honestly, I don’t really have words to describe just how amazingly good this recipe is.

And it’s easy too.

Sometimes, actually kind of a lot recently, I’ll have recipes that turn out good, but not awesome. In the last two weeks I have ditched a handful of recipes I intended to show you guys this month. This soup however…well, let’s just say that the second I started making it, I knew it was going to be blog worthy.

The smells coming from the oven as the butternut squash slowly roasts with garlic and spices infuses the house with the delicious smells of autumn. The creaminess of the brie made me do my little “happy dance” as I sat at the stove stirring (and tasting…) the soup. And the saltiness of the crispy pancetta laid overtop of each bowl simply seals the deal.

This soup is nothing short of perfection.

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The squash, garlic and spices are slowly roasted together in a large oven safe pot (I used my favorite Cocotte), then pureed in a blender, returned to the same pot, and set on the stove to finish cooking.

I really wanted create a roasted squash soup that was more of a one pot kind of soup that could go from the oven right to the stove top. Roasting your squash and garlic instead of just simmering them on the stove allows the sweetness in the veggies to really come out and become caramelized. The squash turns deep golden and becomes extra sweet. This adds that extra layer of flavor that takes the soup to the next level.

And then of course, there is the brie. Oh the brie. Yes, we are putting an entire wheel of brie in our soup and I promise it is going to be amazing.

Butternut + Brie + Pancetta. Enough said.

ps. in case you guys haven’t already figured this out…we pretty much just love brie over here, and I have many more recipes starring this creamy ingredient coming up over the next couple months (holiday food!!!).

Finish each bowl off with a crispy piece of pancetta and some pan-fried sage and you’ll have the perfect bowl to cozy up to this Monday night…

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So basically what really needs to happen is for you to stop at the store on the way home from work, school, or wherever. Pick up a butternut squash, a wheel of brie, plenty of sage, and some pancetta. Crank up your oven and start making this soup.

Oh, maybe pick up a really good loaf of bread while you’re at the store too. You know, because good soup needs good bread.

Dinner = DONE.

Monday = the BEST.

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
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The Recipe

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta

The smells coming from the oven as the butternut squash slowly roasts with garlic and spices infuses the house with the delicious smells of autumn. The creaminess of the brie made me do my little "happy dance" as I sat at the stove stirring (and tasting...) the soup. And the saltiness of the crispy pancetta laid over top of each bowl just seals the deal.

This soup is nothing short of perfection.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 0 6

Ingredients

  • 5 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups low sodium veggie or chicken broth
  • 6-8 ounces brie, rind removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta
  • cream, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    2. In a large, oven safe soup pot, combine the butternut squash, garlic, olive oil, honey, sage, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss well to combine. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until the squash is tender. 

    3. Transfer the roasted veggies to a blender and add the broth, puree until smooth. Return the soup to the pot and set over medium heat on the stove. Add the milk. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium heat, stir in the brie and butter until melted and smooth. If needed, thin the soup with extra milk or broth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. 

    4. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until crisp, about 2 minutes per side. 

    5. Divide the soup among bowls and top with crisp pancetta, sage, and a drizzle of cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash and Brie Soup with Crispy Pancetta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And if you wanted to add some extra brie on top? Can’t see any reason why that wouldn’t be a good idea…