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Butternut Squash & Pear Soup

Pears give this harvest soup a pleasant sweetness and a nice velvety finish, while curry and ginger provide delightful flavor. —Sarah Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 medium pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Optional: Balsamic vinegar and snipped chives

Directions

  • Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 40-50 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly; scoop out flesh and set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the curry, garlic, ginger and salt; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, pears and squash. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Puree soup using an immersion blender. Or cool slightly and puree soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Return all to the pan; add cream and heat through. Top with balsamic vinegar and chives if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 190 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 527mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 7g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.