• The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup

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    In honor of New York City’s delightful mix of slosh, polar vortexes, and sideways snow, I’m sharing my favorite winter soup with you. Consider it a gift of hope that one day – after many, many hot baths and bowlfuls of soup – we will all be warm again.

    This is one of my favorite soups of all time, which is saying a lot because I’m a pretty soupy lady. It’s hearty, healthy, and full of deep flavors that complement each other perfectly. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty easy to make, given you have some kind of food processing or blending tool on hand.

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    Since I have a kitchen the size of most people’s closets, I don’t own a big girl food processor. Instead, I have a mini food chopper that usually does more harm than good. It’s kind of an asshole, to be honest.

    But even though I only had that tiny pink piece of crap to work with, making this soup was still very simple and painless. I didn’t even throw the mini chopper across the room once. This could actually be a record.

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    If you’re making this soup to share with anyone but yourself, I wholeheartedly recommend a double batch… because you’re going to want an entire four servings dedicated to your mouth. Trust me. I made a batch last weekend, and I have such regret about not making a double batch that I’m going back in for round two tomorrow. Live with no regrets, people. Let’s get soupy.

    The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup
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    Cook Time
    30 min
    Cook Time
    30 min
    Ingredients
    1. 3 Tbsp olive oil
    2. 1 butternut squash (2.5-3lbs), cut in half and seeded
    3. 1 medium onion, chopped
    4. 3 slices canadian bacon, finely diced
    5. 3 c chicken stock
    6. ¼ c fresh sage leaves
    7. ½ tsp salt
    8. ½ tsp pepper
    9. 4 tsp heavy cream
    Instructions
    1. Place microwave-safe plastic wrap directly onto your microwave plate. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on the plastic wrap. Cook on high for 10-14 minutes, until squash is almost completely cooked through. Set aside to cool.
    2. Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan or pot. Add onion and canadian bacon, cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Scoop cooked squash into the saucepan, add broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, and cook covered for 10 minutes.
    3. Transfer to a food processor and puree mixture on medium speed until smooth (I use a mini food chopper and do it in batches, because my kitchen is the size of a closet). Return mixture to pot, stir in salt and pepper.
    4. Heat remaining oil in a pan, fry sage leaves over medium heat until crispy (frying them gives them an amazing flavor, trust me!).
    5. Divide soup between four bowls. Top with 1 tsp heavy cream and 3-4 crispy sage leaves. ENJOY!
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    6 Responses to The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup

    1. Diane
      February 22, 2014 at 6:35 am

      I make this soup on a regular basis and sometimes, I’ll add a couple of cooked carrots and sweet potatoes to the pot and then blend everything in a mixer. They add a mild, sweet flavor. A sprinkle of cinnamon on the individual servings and…yummm!! But I never thought of using bacon. I’ll try adding that in my next batch.!

      Thanks so much!!

      Diane

    2. February 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      I LOVE the crispy sage leaves! Pinned and tweeted :)

    3. Meg
      February 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      This sounds delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to cook butternut squash, and I’m pretty obsessed with our immersion blender . . . like, more than any one person should be. Adding this to my soup radar for the coming week. As a fellow soupy lady, I’m all over this. Long live soup!

    4. February 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Oh yum, I am such a fan of butternut squash soup!
      xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

    5. Renee
      March 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Recipe sounds great but get yourself an immersion blender for soup making! Sur la Table usually has them pretty cheap online. Super small and works wayyy better than any food processor for blending soups up. Fewer dirty dishes too.

      • Laura
        March 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

        After I posted this, I totally found one in my cabinet and smacked my head against the counter in defeat! So much easier. Will be using next time for sure :)

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