Ingredients 3 acorn squashes, sliced in half (through stem) and seeds removed 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste 1 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to taste 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 carrots, chopped 1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped 1 shallot, chopped ½ yellow onion, chopped ½ red onion, chopped ½ tsp. dried ginger ¼ tsp. dried sage ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper ⅛ tsp. ground allspice 4 cups vegetable stock Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Lightly sprinkle with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Place squash, cut-side-down, onto baking sheet. Roast in oven for 45-50 minutes, or until flesh is tender and easily pierced. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cool, remove flesh from skin by using a spoon and scooping out the flesh. Discard skin and set flesh aside. In a large, deep pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add carrots, apple, shallot and onions and saute until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Once tender, add ginger, sage, cayenne, allspice, squash flesh and vegetable stock. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and puree mixture, either with an immersion blender (best thing ever), a blender (in batches) or a food processor. Once pureed, season with any additional salt or pepper to taste. Garnish with thinly sliced red onion or apples, if desired.