Friday, February 4, 2011

Butternut Squash Soup

I got this recipe while watching Chrisina Ferrare's new show on the OWN network.  It looked easy when she made it, but It took a while because I don't have a good peeler.  I will now be buying a new peeler & I highly advise you do too for everything.  Cheap ones can make life miserable.  It's not that it was HARD to do, it was just time consuming.  Prep time is longer than 10 minutes as recipe stated.

Servings: Serves 4–6  (serves 6)


Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 lbs. butternut squash , peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 quarts chicken stock, homemade or commercial (8 cups)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg, ground fresh
  • Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
  • 2 tsp. dry sherry or dry white wine
  • 8 ounces nonfat cream cheese at room temperature, cut into 4 pieces


Preheat oven to 375°. Spread the sliced onions and cubed squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Kosher salt, then toss together to coat vegetables with oil and salt.

Place the baking sheet in the oven. Roast the onions and squash for 20 to 30 minutes or until onions have caramelized and you can insert a paring knife easily through the cubes of squash. Place the caramelized onions, cubed squash, 3 scallions, chicken stock, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sherry into a stockpot. Gently simmer for 30 minutes.

In a blender, in batches, add 2 ladles of soup and 2 ounces of the cream cheese at a time and blend until smooth. Pour into a clean stock pot. Keep up this process until all the soup and cream cheese have been used.

To serve, heat the soup until hot and ladle into heated bowls. Garnish each bowl with 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon chopped scallions, 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeños, 8 to 10 pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle withalt and pepper to taste, 6 to 8 pieces toasted walnuts, 1 teaspoon walnut oil and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

I couldn't find fresh nutmeg, so I just used the nutmeg I had already ground.  I used my own homemade chicken stock.  I got the sherry at Trader Joe's for about $4.95.  It lasts a long time.  However, I think it's optional.  

I followed the directions to a T.  I just didn't like the garnishments, so I omitted them.  I just added a bit more of cinnamon & nutmeg to the top.  I liked this soup, but for all the trouble, I probably won't make it again unless I have guests for dinner.  And then I will cut the recipe in half & serve it as a starter.  It is very good though.

I think I may buy these peelers.  Versatile!  Inexpensive & good reviews. 

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