A pureed vegetable soup can be an impressive, easy and affordable first course for an elegant dinner, or even a light dinner on its own with salad and bread.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering.

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  • Add butternut squash, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until squash start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.

  • Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.

  • Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until squash is tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If using a traditional blender, vent it either by removing the lid's pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid. Drape the blender canister with a kitchen towel. To 'clean' the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup.)

  • Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.

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Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; 10.2 g total fat; 21 mg cholesterol; 78 mg sodium. 21.3 g carbohydrates; 2.6 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
This soup was fantastic. I'm not sure how much my squash weighed but I think it was less than what this recipe called for. I halved seeded and placed my squash half side down in a pan with nonstick spray and baked on 375 for about 40-45 minutes. This is so much easier than peeling and cutting it raw. The consistancy will be mushier and moist so when its in the pan it will not brown. I also slow cooked this recipe because I fell in love with the smell! When it came to adding the broth I HIGHLY recommend that you slowly add this ingredient because depending on the size of your squash this much broth may be the reason some of your soups came out watery. I would add it until its like a chunky applesauce. Then while blending add some cream and pulse your blender until it resembles traditional applesauce. I then put the soup back into the pan on a low simmer and chopped up apples paper thin and added them. I simmered this allowing the apples to soften and absorb the flavor. If you are going to add apples I advise you to add them after you puree the apple pieces really finish off this dish. Again fantastic! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/15/2010
I make a lot of recipes from this site and I was really excited about making this one because I was craving squash soup super bad. Compared to other soups I have had this soup was not good at all. It had a strong onion taste. When my mother came over to watch my daughter she tried it and didn't like it. She couldn't even believe that I made this. She told me she has never tried anything bad that I have made. This was not the type of squash soup I was looking for. Read More
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221 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 135
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
This soup was fantastic. I'm not sure how much my squash weighed but I think it was less than what this recipe called for. I halved seeded and placed my squash half side down in a pan with nonstick spray and baked on 375 for about 40-45 minutes. This is so much easier than peeling and cutting it raw. The consistancy will be mushier and moist so when its in the pan it will not brown. I also slow cooked this recipe because I fell in love with the smell! When it came to adding the broth I HIGHLY recommend that you slowly add this ingredient because depending on the size of your squash this much broth may be the reason some of your soups came out watery. I would add it until its like a chunky applesauce. Then while blending add some cream and pulse your blender until it resembles traditional applesauce. I then put the soup back into the pan on a low simmer and chopped up apples paper thin and added them. I simmered this allowing the apples to soften and absorb the flavor. If you are going to add apples I advise you to add them after you puree the apple pieces really finish off this dish. Again fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2007
Delish! Since roasting the squash (cut side down 400 degrees 45 mins) helps keep in the nutrients i roasted the squash then followed the recipe exactly. It was incredible. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2008
I have made this soup twice now and it is wonderful! I dropped a star not because of the soup itself but simply because the descriptions of the steps in the recipe seemed to me misleading and thus confusing. What I mean is that descriptions of what the vegetables should look like at different steps in the process i.e. "golden brown " "spotty caramel color " never happened when I made it no matter how long I let it cook at that stage. So after waiting long enough for these color changes I would simply move on and the soup still turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2005
This might have been the best thing that I have ever made. It was our first course at our Thanksgiving meal and it got absolute raves from everyone (including my 5 year old!) I mostly followed the recipe except I only used 1 tsp of cinnamon instead of 1 1/2tsp (although the full amount probably would have been fine I worried that it was too much). I was very lucky that I had all the veggies from our local organic CSA and I used my own chicken stock. I also added leeks because I had them as well as a sprig of fresh thyme. I used a quart of chicken stock and about 2 lbs of butternut squash. It made a good consistency soup that needed almost no half and half at all (I probably used about 1/2 cup). The cayenne gave this a wonderful kick. I garnished with fresh thyme instead of apple chips. My family said that it was "restaurant quality" soup. It is a great recipe that I am sure will become a T-day tradition in our house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2007
I had a similar soup at the Princeville resort in Kauai and decided I was going to figure out how to make it. I followed the directions except used heavy cream in place of the half-and-half (may as well go all out) added about 1 tsp of curry and added blue cheese on top as a garnish. WOW!!! We gave it 10 stars!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2007
This was fantastic! I made it with a few variations though. I substituted fat free 1/2 and 1/2 for the regular and added four tablespoons of butter instead of one to make it richer. Louisiana Cajun spice (just a 1/2 tblsp) and a dash of nutmeg made it delish!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2005
Delicious! Served this to a dinner party over the weekend and got rave reviews. Instead of apple chips I topped with sour cream. I forgot to purchase the apple chips at the store otherwise I would have added them. Great presentation. You should have heard the "ooohhhhs" and "aaaahhhhhs." Simple to prepare cannot wait to make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2005
This is possibly the best soup I've ever eaten! I added a diced pear when I added the garlic and spices which gave it more texture and made it a bit sweeter. Very yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2005
Absolutely lovely. I left out the cloves (didn't have any) and cooked it a little longer than recommended (got sidetracked). This turned out to be a good thing because when I got back to it it could be blended with a potato masher- way less mess than a blender. It was a hit with my husband and the friends we were sharing with- everyone wanted the recipe. I'll definately make again. Read More
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