The hardest thing about making butternut squash soup is the peeling and chopping of the actual butternut squash. If you can get past that part….the rest is easy. I had to ask for some strong hands to help me with the squash. I just know if I did it myself there would be a show of blood and a trip to the ER. Yes I have good health insurance but I save trips to the ER for when I get a papercutÂ to my eyeball…..yes it hurt. Or when I broke my toe kicking a three holeÂ paper punch that should not have been on the floor. I blame my work on being a lawyer on both of these accidents! Too bad I am self employedÂ otherwise I would have had some workers comp to help with the pain….all right, embarrassmentÂ of it all. Try explainingÂ to the intake nurse how you injured yourself. I am sure that they have my file tagged as “she is an idiot when it comes to crazy accidents, so don’t be surprised with what she walk in with”. I digress, if you can peel and chop the squash, then go for it. If not, don’t be afraid to ask for help…I did…and it saved me from a trip to the ER!.
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The Ruling: I am a sucker for Butternut Squash soup. I have never had it with bacon and sour cream before, and I must say that it was very tasty. But isn’t bacon good on anything that you put it on? Our favorite comedian Jim GaffiginÂ has a whole set of jokes about bacon……”I wonder what would happen if you put bacon on bacon bits on bacon? Would there be a time/space continuum? Which is fine because I would go back in time to when I was eating bacon!” Two of my kids told me this line when I asked them for a bacon joke.Â So the point being……add the bacon!Â I think everyone actually tasted it and didn’t gag! Success! Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth, for a good vegetarian option….oh, and skip the bacon!
Butternut Squash Soup
- 2 cups finely chopped onion
- 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 2-pound butternut squash
- 2 slices bacon (optional for garnish)
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- Â¾ cup water
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons sour cream or crÃ¨me fraiche (optional)
- In a large pot cook the butter, onion, and garlic over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and soft, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, peel the butternut squash with a vegetable peeler, slice it lengthwise in half, scoop out the seeds in the middle, and chop the squash into 1-inch pieces.
- Also, if youâ€™re opting for a bacon garnish (I recommend you do), cook the bacon now-either in the microwave, in a pan over medium-high heat, or under the broiler until itâ€™s crispy but not burned.Â Then cut it into small chunks.
- To the pot of softened onion add the squash, apples, broth, and water.Â Partially cover the pot, and let it simmer for 25 minutes.
- Transfer the chunky soup in batches to a blender, making sure you include enough liquid from the pot with each batch to help the squash to puree.
- Puree the soup, and then pour it into a clean saucepan and heat it.Â As the soup heats, season it with salt and pepper to taste.Â If itâ€™s too thick, add extra water.
- When youâ€™re ready to serve, transfer the soup to bowls and garnish each with a dollop of sour cream or crÃ¨me fraiche and bacon.
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