Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winter Squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup

Serves 8.

I didn't make the croutons for the soup shown above (we enjoyed a friend's homemade bread instead), but have had them before and they are fantastic!
Source: Bon Appetit, December 1996

1/4 c. butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
(3) 14-1/2 oz. cans chicken broth
4 cups 1" pieces peeled butternut squash (approx. 1-1/2 lbs. or 1 large)
4 cups 1" pieces peeled acorn squash (approx. 1-1/2 lbs. or 1 large)
1-1/4 t. minced fresh thyme
1-1/4 t. minced fresh sage
1/4 c. whipping cream
2 t. sugar

1/4 stick butter
(24) 1/2" thick baguette bread slices
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1 t. minced fresh thyme
1 t. minced fresh sage

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.  Add broth, all squash and herbs and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.  Working in batches, puree soup in blender (or use an immersion blender).  Return soup to the same pot (if pureed in blender).  Stir in cream, sugar; bring to a simmer.  Season with salt and pepper.  Can be made 1 day ahead.  Chill.  Rewarm over heat.

Preheat broiler.  Butter 1 side of each bread slice.  Arrange bread, butter side up, on baking sheet.  Broil until golden, about 1 minute.  Turn over.  Sprinkle cheese, sage, and thyme overtop; sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Ladle soup into bowls.  Top each with croutons and serve.

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