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Butternut Squash Soup

24 September 2008 No Comment

This is a colorful and healthful soup made with butternut squash. It doesn’t have any added cream, but it certainly tastes creamy. You can substitute other hard squashes in place of the butternut–we’ve had good success with soup pumpkins as well.

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Yield

6 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 butternut squash (about 4 3/4 pounds total), halved lengthwise, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion (approx. 2 medium onions)
  • 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cups (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth
  • Chopped fresh parsley, bacon, chopped chicken breast and sour cream (to top)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Oil baking sheet. Place squash, cut side down, on baking sheet. Bake until squash is very soft, about 50 minutes. Using paring knife, remove peel from squash; discard peel. Cut squash into 2-inch pieces. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-low heat. Mix in onion, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and cinnamon. Cover pot and cook until onion is tender, about 15 minutes. Add squash and 5 cups chicken broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Discard cinnamon.

Working in batches, purée soup in blender. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate.) Return soup to pot. Season soup with salt and pepper. Bring to simmer, thinning soup with more broth if necessary. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley, bacon, chicken and sour cream and serve.

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