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Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup

Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup

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Squash does not make it to our table very often, but this Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup was worth the wait! A glorious combination of autumnal ingredients made for a delightful first course.

Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup in a white soup bowl

Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup

Uh, oh.  The forbidden “F” word is in the title of this recipe.  Years ago, I made a fabulous pork chop dish with sauteed onions, artichoke hearts and fennel.  You’d think I had served the hubby brains or entrails.  Fennel went to the top of his list of horrible foods. Of course, I thought it was one of the most marvelous pork dishes I had made in years.

So when I saw the title of this soup, I didn’t dare mention what else was in it besides squash.  I’m still a bit amazed that Bill has even eaten and enjoyed a squash soup and was willing to sample this one.

Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup in a soup bowl with a spoon

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First, I roasted two acorn squash in a 425º oven for about 45 minutes.  Chunks of the flesh were added to sauteed onions, fennel, celery and garlic. Ginger, cumin, nutmeg and a strip of orange zest gave a lovely zing of flavor.  Chicken broth and pears were also added to the pot as it simmered till all the flavors were incorporated.

The soup was then pureed before serving and garnished with creme fraiche (I had some mascarpone and used that instead) and pepitas.  I thought it was wonderful. Bill’s review was a bland, “OK.”  I guess it could have been a whole lot worse, and I still haven’t mentioned the secret forbidden ingredient.

Two acorn squash on a wooden board

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71 comments on “Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup”

  1. Well it looks absolutely stunning! I’m not a huge fan of fennel, but I will eat it and like you said – with the right dish – it’s amazing! I suspect this is the right dish! As always, the recipe and photos are stunning, Lizzy!

  2. I never had a fennel before but with squash & pear the soup looks and sound refeshingly healthy liz! 😉

  3. Fennel and pear? Fennel and squash maybe but I wouldn’t think that the pear would work…


  4. WOW! That is a lovely recipe and your photos are stunning.

  5. I’m not afraid of the “F”….just as long as I’m cooking with it and not my wife. 😉

    Have a great Sunday!

  6. That’s a phenomenal soup! I love all the ingredients in it (including fennel ;-)) and I am sure they make a great combo together!

  7. The photos are lovely – so autumnal!!

  8. Lizzy- Your soup sounds so good with the acorn squash and pear combo. Not too sure about the “F” word though. If I made it with the fennel, I might be the only one eating it. More for me.

  9. delicious flavours looks wonderful

  10. Let’s hope he doesn’t read your blog to find out! Seriously, I think this soup looks amazing.

  11. Liz…I am always looking for new and interesting soup recipes! I laughed at the idea that your hubby would put fennel in the same category as brains and entrails! I love the freshness fennel gives to dishes. And I love the cast of characters in this soup! It looks simply luscious!

  12. How funny, I love fennel. I think it’s a love it or leave it type of ingredient. Next year you better come, it would be so much fun. Hope you had a great weekend.
    Congrats on being nominated, I wasn’t sure if I told you.

  13. Haha! I didn’t see the title first, so I wonder what “F” word you were talking about and scrolled up and see. Fennel! Well my kids are probably not a big fan but if it’s little they won’t notice. This soup looks delicious – the pear and squash combination is interesting and would love to taste this.

  14. first time here….wow…thats a wonderful soup u hav prepared…..if u like indian food i have a collection of fish recipes only in my space…do visit sometimes 🙂

  15. That is a really wonderful combination. The sweet, the licorice and the savory all combined. I can just imagine how good this is.

  16. What a wonderful soup – love your flavors – unusual and delicious – I think I could almost live on a soup like this 🙂
    Mary x

  17. What a lovely scrumptious combination of flavors. Beautiful soup!

  18. The ingredients sound delicious! Great to know that the forbidden ingredient was acceptable to Bill too!

  19. I love fennel. Its a new love. I have never really liked anything with an anise flavor but that has sure changed! I love the sound of this soup, so delicious.

  20. squash, fennel, pear sound like fabulous pairings! 😀 thanks for joining our #lovebloghop. sending some #squashlove to you!

  21. I lovel fennel and I imagine it would pair really well with squash and pear. Are you photographing it on an old door? How clever!

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