Healthy Butternut Squash & White Bean Chili
Recipe type: Chili
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Serves: 4-6
A spin on chili made with butternut squash as a base and white beans makes for a creamy chili without the extra fat but with extra flavor. Vegetarian & gluten free!
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or unsalted butter)
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 4-5 cups)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cans Cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 5 parmesan rinds
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Optional Toppings:
  • plain greek yogurt
  • fresh cilantro
  • tortilla chips
  • salt & pepper
  1. First in a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, on your stove top over medium heat, add your ghee or fat you plan on using.
  2. Let it melt and heat for an additional 20 seconds. Add your garlic. Saute until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  3. Add your onions and cook until just translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Next add your butternut squash cubes, mix and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Add your broth, bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until squash is fork tender.
  6. Once squash is tender, working in batches, add your soup to the blender and blend until smooth. Continue to do this until all of the soup is blended.
  7. Return blended soup back into heavy pot and bring heat up to medium low.
  8. Add the garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper and kosher salt. Mix.
  9. Add your rinsed Cannellini (white beans), parmesan rinds & fresh rosemary springs. stir together.
  10. Return heat to low and allow soup to cook for an additional 30 minutes. This will allow flavors to blend more evenly through out and beans will soak up more flavor. You may continue to simmer this soup, stirring occasionally, if you have guests over. The longer it simmers/sits together, the more powerful the flavor!
  11. Once ready to eat, remove the rinds & fresh rosemary sprigs.
  12. Serve soup evenly into bowls and top with optional toppings such as greek yogurt, cilantro, salt & pepper. Chips on the side are a bonus and make this more fun, though aren't necessary.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 cups Calories: 233 Fat: 6.8g Carbohydrates: 37.1g Fiber: 9.6g Protein: 8.6g
Recipe by My Lavender Blues at