South of the Border Squash Soup

This is one of the Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® recipes. It meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict nutrition guidelines as a healthy recipe.
Preparation time: 45-60 minutes
 Serves: 8

Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving: 1

2 tbsp margarine or butter
2 medium onions, chopped
½ cup (1 medium) carrot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 ½ lbs (1) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
5 cups tomato puree
Black pepper, freshly ground
Lime wedges, for serving

1. In a large saucepan, melt the margarine over medium heat.
2. Add the onions, carrot, and garlic and cook for 3 minutes.
3. Cover the pan. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 3 or 4 minutes longer, or until the vegetables are soft.
4. Stir in the butternut squash, jalapeños, chicken broth, and tomato puree.
5. Bring to a simmer, cook for 30 minutes.
6. Mash the squash to a chunky puree with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
7. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
8.  Ladle into bowls and pass lime wedges separately to be squeezed into each bowl of soup.

Each serving provides: An excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, and a good source of folate, magnesium, potassium and fiber.
Credit: Recipe courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). This recipe meets PBH and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as heath foods.

Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 128, Total Fat: 3.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, % of Calories from Fat: 20%, Protein: 4g, Carbohydrates: 24g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sodium: 465mg