Thursday, December 10, 2009

Butternut Squash Soup

One fall I had butternut squash soup at corner bakery that was absolutely delicious. So, I set out on a internet search quest to recreate this wonderful culinary delight. With a few of my own twists, I think I've done it.

  • 3 pounds fresh butternut squash
  • 4 Tbl unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  • Stock pot with steamer insert
  • Hand blender
  1. Remove any labels and wash squash under cold running water.
  2. Cut squash into quarters lengthwise. Scrape out seeds and stringy stuff and reserve. Place squash quarters into steamer insert skin side up.
  3. Dice shallot and red bell pepper into small pieces
  4. Melt butter on medium in bottom of stockpot and add diced shallot and red bell pepper, saute until shallot is translucent (about 2-3 minutes)
  5. Add reserved seeds and stringy stuff from squash. The idea is you want to lightly toast the seeds in the butter; but, first the liquid needs to be boiled out. This will take about 10-15 minutes stirring frequently.
  6. When squash seeds begin to take on a light brown color then add the 6 cups of water and bring to a boil
  7. Place steamer basket with squash into stock pot and cover. Steam the squash for about 30 minutes on medium high.
  8. When the squash is tender, turn off heat and lift steamer basket out of pot and let drain. Leave squash draining into liquid until both are cool enough to handle
  9. Strain steaming liquid and reserve, discard solids
  10. Scrape squash pulp into a clean pan and discard skin
  11. Using the hand blender, blend the squash pulp adding just enough of the reserved steaming liquid until smooth textured and of the desired consistency (you may or may not end up using all of the liquid)
  12. Stir in cream, brown sugar, and nutmeg and adjust seasoning
  13. Gently heat, being careful to stir often as it will scorch easily.
  14. Enjoy with some nice chewy french bread

1 comment:

  1. I remember this soup well! It was awesome. However, I recall the soup having apples in it. I'll try your soup and work on it a little. I wish Corner Bakery would bring back that soup this fall.