Recipe by Maplebird
"This is a thick, rich soup with tons of flavor. Something I whipped up off the top of my head, with things I had on hand. Super easy, quick, and a great way to use squash. An instant hit at my house."
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butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 (32 fluid ounce) container
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Wonderful! I've made this twice now, making a lot of the changes suggested in the other reviews. Both times, I baked the squash first, just putting the whole thing in the oven at 375 for about an hour. The skin just peels itself off! Very easy. I also left out the celery both times.
The first time, I replaced the potatoes with sweet potatoes and added some garlic and a pinch of curry powder. It was absolutely delicious and very hearty served with a big dollop of sour cream (the sour cream is a MUST).
The second time, I made it just with butternut squash (no carrots, no potatoes) and it was even better. I added some cayenne powder for heat and a little nutmeg. I mixed the sour cream right into the soup this time - I'll definitely make this again.
This recipe is very, very bland.. however it is salvagable. Here's what you do: 1- use only one potato, if you use two it takes away from the squash. 2- add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. 3- add 1 T minced garlic. 4- Add 1/4 cup captain morgan's spiced rum. 5- add 1/2 c half-half.
I personally found the recipe tasted better with a little bit of parmesan cheese and some italian seasonings. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some crumbled bacon.
I strongly recommend making these changes or others, otherwise this recipe is WAY too bland.
Delicious and easy to prepare. Others have mentioned a long prep time. This is simplified by NOT dicing the raw butternut squash. The easiest way to prepare butternut squash is to pierce it with a fork and bake it, whole, at 400F for one hour. Let cool, then halve lengthwise and remove the seeds. The flesh scoops out easily with a spoon. No cutting or dicing required.
Fantastic. We love it with the addition of a clove of garlic and a pinch of curry powder (which doesn't make it taste like curry, it just brings out the other flavors -- I stole this tip from a 5 star restaurant). The celery adds wonderful flavor; I wouldn't omit that as others suggest. I use a hand blender (the kind that looks like a wand) to blend it right in the pot so there's no messy transfer or blender to clean. If you purée soups often the hand blender is very useful.
I had never eaten butternut squash so I did not know what to expect. I thought I had wasted all those ingredients, it was that tasteless. So I added spices red pepper flakes and some steamed broccoli......Still found it lacking. Then I added some sour cream. OMG, that was the secret. Really good. So I gave it 4 stars because it was, after all, a very good base. I plan to freeze some and see how that does. (7/18/07) After freezing this soup I decided that, although it was better fresh, it was still one of the recipes I will add to my list of foods I can freeze.(10/04/07) Don't bother to bake the squash. Cut it in half, remove seeds and pulp, place it in a dish, cut side down, with 1/2 inch of water and microwave for 12 to 15 minutes. Works very well!
This soup was one of the best soups I ever made. So simple, low fat and tastes incredible! I wouldn't use the celery again, because it didn't puree properly and was somewhat stringly, but other than that, this recipe is outstanding.
This is a delicious and super EASY soup! I chopped all the vegetables and tosed them into the low fat chicken stock (thus avoided the extras calories by not browning them first!) and when the vegetables were fork tender I pureed the vegetables! Served with a dollop of low fat sour cream and slivers of red pepper and viola! This recipe is the most asked for one this past year 2005!
Excellent! I recommend blending only half of it and leaving the other half chunky to give it some texture. Definitely perfect for a fall dinner on a cold night!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Butternut Squash Soup II
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 61
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