Looking for a rich, creamy, satisfying soup recipe that is low in calories, fat, and dairy free? Or, do you need a soup to start a Moroccan inspired meal? Our 4-ingredient Creamy North African Butternut Squash bisque Recipe is your delicious, simple and healthy answer!

*This post and recipe is dedicated to my Seattle area founded-by-mama and/or woman-owned food products and brand friends. It is not sponsored or an advertisement, just my own personal endorsement of some awesome products and brands I love. 

Products offering to be creamy and dairy free often come with a few common downfalls. Either they have a lot of funky fake ingredients, or a funky fake taste. Or, they may be soy-based, which is fine, but so many people have soy allergies or avoid it for other reasons.

Enter Nutpods.

I first found out about Nutpods a year or so ago on the quest to find a dairy free alternative for my coffee. Theirs was the only creamer I could find that didn’t have sugar, soy, and none of the strange aftertaste I had experienced with other almond or coconut-based creamers.

Lucky me, Nutpods also happens to be another Seattle area-based, and founded-by-a-mama company, so I knew I had to meet the team behind this awesome product. I have had the pleasure of hanging out with the Nutpods crew, and am  honored to call them my brand friends.

So I can tell you that while I loved Nutpods before I met the crew, knowing the driven, caring, smart team behind the products, now I love them even more!

As a personal chef and nutrition consultant to professional athletes, I have to source products I feel confident recommending to my clients, knowing that they fit their nutritional needs, but also tastes.

Finding a great dairy free coffee creamer is one thing, but finding a great product to add a creamy element to savory dishes is another. Sure there is coconut milk, but that is not always a fit with every recipe.

Nutpods original flavor is a great way to add creaminess and a bit of smooth texture to savory soups, stews, and sauces.

Adding a touch of Nutpods original to my North African Butternut Squash Soup was the perfect way to turn it into a bisque while keeping the creamy quality of half and half, without the dairy – or extra fat and calories if you’re watching those numbers.

This soup has just 4 ingredients, but big, bold flavor.

Toss everything into the pot, simmer, puree.  All of the vegetables, herbs and spices are in the concentrated flavor base of your Mesa de Vida cooking sauce, all you do is pour on the flavor! You don’t have to buy a load of expensive spices, or know how to put them together – everything is in the jar already done for you.

If you like it spicy try adding a dab of Olo’s Harissa paste (another Seattle-area, mompreneur business I love), which is a delicious Moroccan hot sauce, and a perfect compliment to our North African inspired cooking sauces, upon serving.

Ideas to change this recipe up:
  • Add some rinsed and drained canned chickpeas, cooked diced potato, or couscous after pureeing the soup, then simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Turn this soup into a rich butternut squash enchilada sauce for a fun Moroccan-inspired enchilada dish: Cut back the broth by half, and simmer for a few minutes after pureeing until you achieve a rich, thick sauce.
  • Like it extra garlicky? Saute garlic in a bit of oil before adding the remaining ingredients, or squish in some roasted garlic before pureeing.
  • If you enjoy meat, or follow a Paleo diet, you can add some sauteed lamb or beef that has been cooked with a bit more Mesa de Vida North African inspired cooking sauce upon serving.

This recipe is naturally gluten free, low in fat, low in calories, low in sodium, and has zero weight watchers points per serving.

I hope I’ve convinced you to try making this incredible soup– if you do we’d love to see the dish at your table of life! Share your photo on social media, tag us and use the hashtags #MakeItWithMesadeVida and #MesadeVida! We have a monthly winner chosen from those who share!

Creamy North African Butternut Squash bisque Recipe (Dairy Free)

Makes 4-6 servings

2 bags frozen cubed butternut squash (about 20 oz.), or 4 cups cubed fresh butternut squash

4 cups homemade or high quality store bought low-sodium vegetable broth

1 cup Mesa de Vida North African inspired healthy cooking sauce

1 container (11.2 fl oz) Nutpods Original creamer

Optional: Salt to taste (our cooking sauces are low in sodium, yet high in concentrated real-food goodness, so you can adjust salt to your own tastes), harissa hot sauce, fresh cilantro, drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil or nut oil of your choice

Directions

Place the butternut squash, broth, Mesa de Vida cooking sauce, Nutpods Original creamer, and salt to taste into a soup pot. Stir to combine, cover and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.

Once simmering, lower the heat to low and cook until the butternut squash is tender, about 20 minutes.

Puree using an immersion blender or in small batches in the blender.

Serve and enjoy!

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