Squash Pear Soup – The Crowd Pleaser!

Squash Pear Soup - The Crowd Pleaser!

I have served this at several parties to rave reviews. Full disclosure – I enhanced this from a Wegmans recipe.

Ingredients:
EVOO
Cooking Onion
4 cups Chicken Stock
3 tbs. Unsalted Butter
3 ripe pears (peeled and diced)
6-8 cups cubed Butternut Squash
Fresh Thyme, Salt, and Pepper

Directions:
Place large soup pot over medium heat.
Dice an onion and sweat it in EVOO with a little salt.
Add the squash cubes and saute 3-5 minutes.
Add the chicken stock, thyme, salt, and pepper; cover the pot, lower the heat slightly, and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Just before the squash is fully tender, add the butter and pears; cover and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Be sure the squash is fully tender and remove from heat. Take out the thyme stalk and use a stick (immersion) blender to puree it all together.

That’s it! Serve it with a baguette and you are good to go.

Chef’s note: I like the flavor imparted by using chicken stock. If you want this to be fully vegetarian, use vegetable stock instead.

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