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.

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