Butternut Squash Soup #SundaySupper

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A few years back, I was in a dinner club with a bunch of fun couples. The host and hostess would plan the menu and send out recipes. One November we had a Great Harvest Feast..and the menu was incredible! I can’t believe we ate all these courses: Liver Pate, Johnnycakes with Peekytoe Crab, Spinach Salad with Warm Pecan Garlic Vinaigrette, Wild Rice and Pumpkin Pilaf, Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pecans, White Mountain Duck Breast with Cranberry Sauce, Steamed Cranberry Pudding with Rum Brandy Ice Cream AND this Butternut Squash Soup. I remember being taken aback when the hubby finished his bowlful…he liked squash? He ate squash soup??? That is the ultimate endorsement…or maybe it was the pre-dinner cocktails???

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You could certainly roast a butternut squash or two, sprinkled with salt, pepper and some brown sugar and then blend in your food processor or blender for your own version of butternut squash puree. Or if you’d like an easy shortcut, you can find this Butternut Squash Puree*  at your local Williams-Sonoma. Who doesn’t love a shortcut? Especially around the holidays. If you’re looking for more delectable squash recipes for your holiday table, scroll down and see what my Sunday Supper friends have linked up today.

Butternut Squash Soup
 
Ingredients
Recipe from my friend, Barb Taylor
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (32 ounces) butternut squash puree or make your own*
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts
  • Finely chopped or fried sage leaves, to garnish
  • Sour cream or creme fraiche, to garnish
  • *I'd roast a couple butternut squash, and when cooked add squash chunks, some brown sugar and extra seasonings to the soup before pureeing.
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups stock and the squash puree and bring to a simmer, stirring, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 to 15 minutes. Using a blender or stick blender, puree the soup, adding more stock if the soup is too thick. Add the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Return soup to pot if needed, stir in cream and gently reheat.
  2. Ladle the soup into bowls and top each serving with the sour cream or creme fraiche, sage and hazelnuts if desired.
Yield: 6 servings
Total time: 40 minutes

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*Originally, this product was pure squash. Now there are spices and sugar added. If you’d like to control the sweetness of this soup, I suggest making your own puree. I found this soup a wee bit too sweet for my palate when using the pre-made puree.

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Comments

  1. That entire meal sounds delicious, though I could probably have several bowls of that soup and just call it a meal.

  2. A shortcut is always welcome. Especially if the result is as gourmet looking as your soup, Liz.

    P.s. I’ll have to look up Peekytoe Crab.

  3. That dinner club sounds like so much fun. I should start one. 🙂

    I’ll begin with that fantastic butternut soup!

  4. My eyebrows went up as I read wild rice and pumpkin pilaf THEN I saw brussels sprouts with pecans… That sounds like one fun meal! Your soup sounds good too and since butternut squash is a fav of mine I look forward to seeing what everyone made:@)

  5. I roast butternut squash with carrots, add broth in a blender and call it soup. Now this is a real soup recipe! With hazelnuts, I love that Liz!

  6. My husband will eat bowls of butternut squash soup. Seeing this reminds me to make it soon. It’s such a great meal on a cold winter night.

  7. Nice presentation for pumpkin soup….
    i’m actually a pumpkin lover, this list made me confused which one to started!

  8. Hazelnuts and sage!!! I need to add those next time. Your soup looks uber delicious!

  9. I’m a sucker for butternut squash soup and this looks delish. I’ve never looked for it in a jar before! Great tip.

  10. Delicious looking soup!

  11. I just love butternut squash soup! One of my favorite Fall time soups ever! This looks just amazing!!

  12. Your soup looks divine! Think I will make your version for Thanksgiving! Such a great Fall recipe! Thanks for keeping 30A EATS in your link! I was live by my clock 7am CST, but missed being included in the overall links this morning!

  13. ha ha ha! Whatever the reason, I’d say it was a winner ;). And that menu – whoa, I wouldn’t mind sitting down to that feast.

  14. I am so glad you posted this recipe. I have had Panera’s Squash Soup twice this season and each time I do I vow I’m going home and make my own pot of soup. Now, there is absolutely no excuse not to. I’m going to make it a point to go get my squash today. What a menu that was too!

  15. My favorite soup! Looks divine!

  16. Liz!
    Butternut squash soup with sage . . doesn’t get much better than this. . love the two together. . smells so wonderful! I’m going to have to check out the Butternut Squash Puree at Williams-Sonoma!! Thank you!

  17. yes a hot bowl will be great.

  18. This soup looks so good! Sometimes Michael surprises me with the not-usual-for-him things he eats when we’re out. We had a sunchoke soup with chanterelles at an event, and he ate it and wanted seconds. If I’d made it at home? He would’ve been very hesitant…

  19. I love the shortcut! It looks so luxurious, I’d feel guilty having it just by myself 😉

  20. Love the idea of that dinner club! Love this soup, too. Squash has great flavor on its own, but also combines so well with other ingredients. I love playing with it! Fun post – thanks.

  21. All these wonderful butternut squash soups today, love it!

  22. Butternut Squash Soup is currentyl our very favorite soup – your recipe looks simply divine!

  23. At first when I saw the ingredients I thought where in the world would you find butternut squash puree but ah ha Williams and Sonoma. I love going into their store at this time of year to see all sorts of products like this. It is inspiring!! What a gorgeous soup you created with it!!!

  24. Loving this creamy bowl of goodness, perfect for these upcoming months!

  25. Soup was the first way I fell in love with butternut squash, and I love how this one sounds. What a fun dinner group to have been part of!!

  26. Why have I never added sage and hazelnuts to my butternut squash soup? Brilliant!

  27. Soup is one of my most favorite ways to enjoy squash. I had some the other day at Panera and it was too sweet. Very good but not a savory soup. I need to make some at home to bring it back into my good graces.

  28. A great stick to your ribs meal!

  29. I absolutely butternut pumpkin, your soup sounds totally yummy, Liz

  30. Taking a short cut or two is what we need to do to survive the holidays. I like your addition of sage and roasted nuts for garnish. A great fast warming soup for a simple lunch or even as a thanksgiving starter. Wishing you a super week! Take Care, BAM

  31. That was some feast you had! I love the sound of the duck breast. I would never have picked Bill for being a squash soup kind of a guy but there you go, he’s surprised me xx

  32. This is a very composed and lovely dish. Thanks for sharing!

  33. That sounds like quite the meal! If even your husband enjoyed the soup, it must be a real winner.

  34. Looks so pretty and soo good Liz, love your presentation!

  35. A gorgeously coloured soup 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

  36. This sounds delicious Liz, and since I have a hard time with cutting those darn squashes I’m super eager to try! Thank you for sharing such a lovely soup. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  37. This soup looks wonderful Liz! Butternut squash soup is one of my favorite soups during this time of year – yours sounds lovely with the fresh sage and spices 🙂

  38. I adore butternut squash soup and your looks amazing. Turns out butternut squash soup can be paired with a variety of wines – both red and white, even Sherry! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Your dinner club sounds like a lot of fun, Liz. We have been talking about holding a progressive dinner in my neighborhood and you have inspired me to actually organize it. Butternut squash soup is one of our favorites so I am not surprised that your usual picky eater lapped it up. Your homemade puree with extra brown sugar and spices sounds wonderful!

  40. The soup looks comforting and very tasty, Liz.

  41. I never knew that they sold butternut squash puree. Jeez, where has it been all my life.

    This soup sounds great, and it’s so perfectly creamy!

  42. Butternut squash soup sounds amazing! Yours looks incredible and I love the sour cream and hazelnuts on top.

  43. You turned a classic into a mouthwatering fab classic. Love the addition of ginger, spices etc!

  44. I’d love to try this soup . . . and then I’d like the rest of that meal. It sounds so yummy!

  45. Lizzy,
    I love butternut squash soup! Yours looks delicious.
    Hope you and your family are okay with all the storms in the mid-west yesterday.
    Annamaria

  46. Yum – great soup! But I’m enticed by the whole meal..it all sounds absolutely amazing!

  47. Liz – this sounds fantastic!!! Thank you 🙂

  48. That sounds like the most fun evening. I’m trying to get a progressive dinner organized for my neighbourhood. Fingers crossed.

  49. Ooh this looks and sounds amazing!I love the spices and the hazelnuts to finish off.Such lovely flavors and some crunch!Totally my kind of soup 🙂

  50. I love squash soup thanks for the recipe!

  51. That dinner club dinner sounds absolutely amazing! You pretty much had me at liver pate, but the rest of it sounded just as good! And I love your preparation of this soup. I’ve never garnished soup with hazelnuts, but I want to give it a try next time!

  52. Butternut squash soup is a regular winter staple in our house. I love the addition of the hazelnuts

  53. I absolutely LOVE butternut squash soup. And I’m like you – I had no idea my husband would like it until one day it was served to him and he liked it so much he wanted seconds. Cue me hitting the store to buy an immersion blender for future butternut squash soup making…

  54. I wouldn’t mind sitting down for that lovely feast. Love this soup and such a beautiful presentation.
    A great idea….the dinner club sounds good, might have to start one.

  55. Yummy!

  56. One of my faves! I like your topping suggestions too.

  57. Going to cook up some butternut squash soup tomorrow! Now I don’t know if I’ll use this exact recipe, but I love your idea of roasting the squash before hand, and adding brown sugar and cinnamon in there. Another winner, Liz, and a winter warmer for sure.

  58. Pardon for bothering you, but you list heavy cream in ingredients but I don’t see where it gets added. Many thanks for the help.

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