black bean and butternut squash soup

November 7, 2011

I made you some soup.

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Okay, that’s a big fat stinkin’ lie. I didn’t make you soup. I made myself soup. I made myself soup and took pictures of the soup so I could dangle it in front of you on your computer screen and tell you how delicious it is instead of actually letting you eat some. I’m so mean.

It’s kind of like when you tell people you are doing something for them, but in reality you’re doing it for yourself. Kind of like when you eat the last of something — chocolate, a piece of cake, the ice cream you ate with the spoon on the couch straight from the container while watching old episodes of Friends — you ate all those things for yourself. It doesn’t even work when you try to play the whole “ooh, you wanted that? Well, I ate it just for you so you couldn’t.” That doesn’t make you a martyr, that makes you just plain mean.

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Right about now, however, the Husband is cursing himself that I made “you” all one more soup. Do you know how many soups we have had this fall already? At least 972. That’s a lot of soups, especially when it’s still 60 degrees in Chicago on November 7th. We’ve got a lot of soup eating weather to keep us going until May (which is when I am hoping and praying warm weather returns). In fact, it’s really not even soup eating weather quite yet. Feeding the Husband soup in non soup eating weather is like listening to me talk — pretty painful to say the least.

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I do have to say, however, that I tried to ask you all what kind of soup you wanted me to make for you. I sent out tweets. I polled you on Facebook. I tried to call each and every one of you on your smart phones or Skype. Guess what! A lot of you answered. I listened to and read every single last one of those responses on what kind of soup you wanted me to make for you.

And then I didn’t take any of your requests into account.

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With that being said, I’m pretty sure I’m not getting the hostess with the mostess of the year award. I am sincerely sorry though — can I make it up to you with some.. soup?

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If it makes you feel any better, I’m really enjoying the soup I made for you. And gosh darn it, I’m going to finish every last drop of it… just for you.

PS – The winner of my Rigoni di Asiago giveaway is #195, Lisa from Fit in the Midwest. Congratuations, Lisa! Email me to claim your prize.

{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsay November 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Black beans and squash go so well together- I just made black bean and butternut squash burritos last night.

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Amber K November 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

That sounds delicious! I just finally learned how to enjoy squash, and black beans are exactly one of the things that helps!

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chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

this looks delicious! I love that you added diced green chiles in there, yum!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:49 am

I like the kick!

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Jenny November 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

This looks delicious!! I’m not complainin’ – I LOVE soups. We actually had your Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup tonight for dinner! ;) Loved it.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:49 am

Yum! Glad you enjoyed it!

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Kate November 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

ooh this soup looks so delicious I love butternut squash and black beans together!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

That looks so warm and hearty and good.

Your pics are lookin’ stellar there lady :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

Thanks, Averie! I actually went out and bought some DIY lighting stuff yesterday – finally!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 8, 2011 at 6:10 am

can’t wait to hear about it. what did you get? like white boards that you’re using as light bounces or more like lamps/bulbs? Very curious b/c dinner hour photography for me is getting worse and worse with the winter and shorter days. I am thinking you picked up some tips from that film crew that was in your house!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Two of my favorite things in one soup? Heck you totally made this for me, no need to lie ;D This looks too good. I can eat soup even in 95 degree weather!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

So could I!

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nicole marie November 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm

looks so scrumptious! if i can’t successfully make this, then i’m domestically doomed! i’m aiming to prepare it this week. thank you, chelsey! x

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

It’s seriously so easy.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Gotta love all those soup recipes! Haha I don’t mind :)

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Emily November 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’ll eat soup in the middle of summer–I LOVE SOUP! It’s supposed to snow here in Michigan Thursday, so I suppose that’s definite justification to make this soon! Looks delicious!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

J-E-A-L-O-U-S!!

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Sara @ The Foodie Diaries November 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

That looks awesome. You can dangle it in front of my face anytime ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

I’ll dangle the picture – dangling real soup becomes a dangerous tactic. No one likes hot soup accidentally poured on them.

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Looks great! I love that there are chiles in it – means it’ll have some nice kick to it, like any good black bean soup should!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

You totally took my advice- you made what you wanted to make! Told you it wouldn’t steer you wrong ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

haha! That’s right!

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Black bean and butternut squash is such a delicious combo! Love the look of this soup!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

Thanks, Anna!

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Lauren November 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

You’re so kind! :) I’ll be over tomorrow. Haha, now if I actually show up, you better hope you have some of that soup left.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:52 am

Yes, please come over! I would love to eat soup and chat with you!

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TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] November 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

That soup combines two of my two very favorite ingredients – black beans and butternut squash soup!! I’m sold.

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Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Well this looks quite tasty. Thanks for the recipe! :)

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Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest November 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Yum, that soup sounds great!

I’m e-mailing you now! So excited to try their products. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:52 am

Congrats!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

This is funny, I just got done writing my post for tomorrow….butternut squash soup. And, it makes me happy I’m not the only one who has issues with their reflection in the spoons when taking the picture! haha :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:52 am

We must be on the same wave length – and I always am seen in the reflection of my spoons!!

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Alexa @ SimpleEats November 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Love the combo of flavors, sounds awesome! You can make this for me any day :)

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kathleen @ the daily crumb November 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

looks delicious, chelsey! i’m loving this chicago indian summer… thinking it won’t last for long, though…

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:53 am

Yeah the thing about these beautiful falls usually means it’s going to get cold and nasty for a looong time this winter.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I love butternut squash soup and I love black bean soup! So together they would be incredible! So happy its soup season so I can make this asap!!!!!!

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Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen November 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

So I thought you should know that I just used a butternut squash as my “3 to 5lb dumbbell” while doing an exercise TV video… just in case you need something to do with the 28639823 you have on your counter ;-)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:54 am

And that is why we need to be best friends. I actually only have one more butternut on my counter, but I have 28639822 acorn squash – you were pretty close with the number.

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health November 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Oh my gosh that soup sounds amazing! And the simple fact that you created the recipe means that you made it for us ;) . So thank you!

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Sarah November 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I have a love hate relationship with soup. And although most soup looks like something youd find in a babies diaper.. so does the majority of my food concoctions.. so who am i to judge??! As long as it tastes good!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:54 am

Hey, as long as you close your eyes and it tastes delicious, it’s fine by me!

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Khushboo November 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Hahah that song “Everything I do, I doooo it for yooouuu” comes to mind! Butternut squash soup is hands-down my favorite so thanks Chelsey, I’m going to pretend you really did make this for me :) !

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 5:55 am

haha – I do love that song. Bryan Adams, right?

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Clare @ sweetnsimple November 8, 2011 at 1:04 am

This looks soo delish.. thanks for the recipe :) I love soup!

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Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land November 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

I’ve had butternut squash soup and I’ve had black bean soup, both of which I enjoy very much. I’ve never had them in a soup together though, and I have no idea why. This is a fantastic idea. A must-try for sure!

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas November 8, 2011 at 6:02 am

I made a soup like this a few weeks ago and it went fast!

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Alex @ Happicakes November 8, 2011 at 6:19 am

I already told my roommates we’re making this…and one of them doesn’t know what a butternut squash is. It looks SO good!

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 8, 2011 at 6:19 am

Haha! ‘I read every response… then didn’t take it into account’ too funny! ;)

I’m glad you didn’t- this soup looks delish, and I also eat about 972 soups during the cold months!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

This looks great! I feel like I should ditch school and come live with you… I never get sick of soup so I would happily eat every batch that you make. ;)

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Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola November 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

Omg this looks amazing!! I’m pretty much on board with anything that calls for Butternut squash but I really like the idea of combining it with a black bean soup! And the husband should count himself lucky! I could eat soup every day all year long!

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Lauren November 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

A cross between black bean and butternut squash soup? Count me in!

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kathy November 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I made this soup for lunch today…………..it was delicious!!
Thanks Chelsey for another great recipe!!

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies November 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

Wow, this sounds amazing. Combining two of my favorite soups into one? BRILLIANT! I’m definitely on board. Thanks for sharing. Oh and great photos, BTW.

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Amy November 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Made this tonight with my sister and brother-in-law. We loved it! I’m so pumped to have leftovers for the week!

Thanks Chelsey!

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Jamie November 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

Hi Chelsey! Made this soup for Thanksgiving since I am a vegetarian…loved it!! So happy to have leftovers. Love your healthy recipes, keep it up!!

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Dana B. January 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

This is the first recipe of yours that I’ve tried and it was delicious! I made this a few months ago and froze half for later (it freezes really well by the way). Well later has come and I’m eatting it for my lunches this week and it’s just as good as it was before! Thanks for the yummy lunches this week! :)

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Linda C November 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

Looks yummy – can’t wait to try.

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S Shukla December 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I squeezed in the juice of 1/2 a navel orange to add one more layer of complexity to this very hearty and tasty soup. Mmmmmmm.

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Crista October 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm

that looks really good!! i love your recipes!!

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Orchid64 April 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I made this soup today and it is fantastic! I changed it a little to reflect what I had on hand (used 1/4 cup salsa verde for the canned chilies, forgot the nutmeg, and used chicken broth). While it tasted incredible (and I plan to make it again and again), mine didn’t look nearly as good as yours. It looked like a brown sludge. ;-) FWIW, the whole pot based is about 980 calories. It is enormously nutritious and low in calories!

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