1 large butternut squash (approximately 3 lbs.)
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces*
Fresh sage or oregano leaves, about 6 sage leaves or oregano leaves from 2 stems (can substitute with 1 teaspoon dry herbs)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut neck off from squash.
Resting squash on its base, may have to slice 1/2 inch off bottom, cut squash lengthwise in half, creating two steaks.
Heat oil in large heavy skillet (cast iron is great) over medium heat.
Cook squash steaks, turning every 3 minutes, until browned on both sides and fork-tender, approximately 15 minutes.
Add butter, herbs and garlic, tilting pan to pool the butter on one side.
Use large spoon to continually baste steaks with butter.
Baste until butter is no longer bubbling, approximately 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.
*Note: can substitute with non-dairy butter
Inspired by a recipe from Bon Appetit
3 pounds butternut squash
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon organic butter substitute
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
32 ounce container vegetable broth
2 cups water
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Peel and seed the squash. Cut squash into 1 inch cubes and place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil, 2 teaspoons of the salt, and the pepper, toss to coat.
Spread in a single layer and roast for 15 minutes. Stir the squash and continue to roast until softened, about 15 minutes more.
Meanwhile, heat the butter substitute and the remaining oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and sage and cook until softened, about 7 minutes.
Add the broth, 2 cups of water, the remaining salt, and the squash. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender.
Add non-dairy milk and puree until smooth.
Return soup to the pot and warm over medium heat.
Note: To make preparation easier, use already cut-up butternut squash. Can be found in the produce section of your local supermarket.