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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Butternut Squash Soup

When Edie was here a few days ago she was talking about butternut squash soup and I knew I had a recipe that I really liked but couldn't find it.  Well in my amazing orderly filing system here it is.  I think this might be an old Southern Living recipe, but I do make some chances.  The one below is the original recipe.

I use fresh squash that has been peeled, cubed, and roasted until tender and I use homemade chicken broth.

8 servings
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6 bacon slices
1 large onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 (12-ounce) packages frozen butternut squash, thawed (or 3 1//2 pounds peeled, cubed and roasted fresh)
1 (32-ounce) container low-sodium fat-free chicken broth (or homemade chicken broth)
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt (I use 1)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used fresh grated)
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Garnishes:  sour cream, fresh thyme sprigs

1.  Cook bacon slices in a Dutch oven until crisp.  Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in Dutch oven.  Crumble bacon.

2/  Saute' onion and carrots in hot drippings in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender.  Add celery and apple, and saute 5 minutes.  Add garlic, and saute' 30 seconds.  Add butternut squash and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are tender.

3.   Process squash mixture, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Return to Dutch oven.  Add whipping cream and next 7 ingredients.  Simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened.  Top each serving with bacon.  Garnish if you wish.


  1. Oh goody! I'm glad you found it. I think I will try to make some as soon as you secure me some of that squash from David. ;)

  2. once my cooking marathon is over, i will be making this! i will use popcorn as croutons! i just made a bunch of your tepenade. that stuff sure is goooood!!!

  3. I love butternut squash and pumpkin soups. This recipe sounds wonderful. I always make soup for Thanksgiving, usually butternut squash. xo


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