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Butternut Squash Soup — Deliciously Simple

Just four ingredients make this one of my favorite soups and an autumn through winter regular at my supper table. It is so easy and tasty!  The only not-so-easy thing to do, is cut up the very hard butternut; a large heavy knife helps. This soup is a great make-ahead recipe to take to parties, or to freeze and enjoy months later. The recipe is very flexible: use a smaller or larger squash, and more or less butter to suit your taste. Use broth and water as I do, or all broth. Let your taste buds be your guide. You cannot ruin this soup; just enjoy its flavor and simplicity.

Kitchen Note: An electric immersion blender (also known as a hand blender or stick mixer) makes it a breeze to puree the cooked butternut right in the pot. If you do not have one of these handy appliances, let the soup cool a bit, then puree in a blender in batches.

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Deliciously Simple Butternut Squash Soup
Makes 7-8 cups       Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: approx 40 minutes 

1 small leek
3 tablespoons butter
1 butternut squash, 2-1/2 to 3 lbs
1 can (14-1/2 oz) chicken or vegetable broth

Cut dark green top off leek; cut off roots. Cut leek in half lengthwise and rinse well to remove the dirt that is near the top end. See photo below. Slice leek or coarsely chop. Melt butter in a 6-quart pot. Add leeks and sauté over medium heat until leeks start to brown. Remove pot from heat.

Meanwhile, use a large, heavy sharp knife to cut the stem off the squash. Cut off the long top part of the squash, and cut that long piece in half crosswise. See photos below. Cut the round bottom in half crosswise. Use a spoon to remove seeds and strings.

With the same knife (or a sharp heavy-duty vegetable peeler) remove the skin. Cut squash into cubes. Smaller cubes cook faster.

Place squash in pot with leeks; add broth. Add water just to the top of the squash. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil 15-20 minutes or until squash is very tender. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender. Season soup to taste with salt. If desired, swirl a dollop of sour cream into individual servings. 






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  1. Posted December 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see photos of how to cut up a squash. I use Ina Garten’s technique of peeling off the skin. That works too.

    • Rita's Kitchen
      Posted December 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      I wish there was more room for how-to photos. Tell me about Ina Garten’s method for peeling butternut.

  2. Joyce Beattie
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Bee-utiful Soup
    a little suggestion: Instead of sour cream, I’ve been using Leban/Kefir cheese; a Lebanese yogurt – very rich, same calories as sour crm, but 1gm more saturated fat; but so good with everything and by itself.
    Plus it has probiotics!

    • Rita's Kitchen
      Posted December 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      Joyce, a swirl of yogurt is just as good as sour cream (maybe better). Where did you get the Leban/Kefir cheese? Is that Leban as in Lebanese?

  3. Posted December 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I have a squash just waiting for this soup!

  4. Lou
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    We made this and froze half. Reheated soup was just as tasty as fresh.
    We added a bit of water to thin it some. Perfect!

    • Posted January 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Glad you like it and that freezing worked out.

    • Posted January 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      Glad you like the soup and that freezing it works so well for you.

  5. Posted November 29, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I love the photos of peeling and cubing the butternut, Rita! I use a potato peeler – not sure if that’s what Dianne was alluding to in her above comment or not, but it’s worked well for me with butternut. And butternut still makes one of my favorite soups!!

  6. Posted November 30, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Susan, my hubby uses a potato peeler on butternut. He’s the one who most often preps it for this soup! But not all peelers are created equal. For the hard skin on butternut, he uses an especially sturdy, sharp peeler that does a nice job.