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Eating - Butternut Squash Soup

February 10, 2009 07:27 by ehouston

A few years ago, while attending a work meeting out of state, I was introduced to one of the most delicious soups I have ever had.  It seems strange to me that with all the oddball things my mom used to cook for us that I had never had butternut squash soup....just the squash.  Unfortunately, I only got the name of the velvety delight and I left figuring it was way to much work to get that flavor.  So, a few months later when I came across this recipe in Real Simple magazine I jumped at the chance to try it out.  It really is very good and now I try to make up large batches of it when the ingredients are in season and freeze small portions for a hearty, healthy lunch during the dreary winter months.  The best part....it's SO EASY! 

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I sprinkled rosemary on top for lunch today and paired the yummy soup with WASA rye crackers and cream cheese.  mmmm....

Butternut Squash Soup

Real Simple 

4 leeks, rinsed and chopped (3 cups)
1 3-pound butternut squash, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 bay leaf
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons olive oil

Place the leeks, squash, bay leaf, salt, and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently until the squash is tender, about 12 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Puree the soup in batches and rewarm over medium-low heat.
Meanwhile, place the pumpkin seeds (if using) and rosemary on a cutting board and roughly chop. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the seeds and rosemary and heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the seeds and rosemary.

Yield: Makes 4 servings (9 cups)
NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 272; FAT 6g ; CALORIES FROM FAT 17.9%; CARBOHYDRATE 52g; POLY FAT 2.2g; CALORIES FROM CARBS 69.4%; PROTEIN 9g; MONO FAT 2.2g; FIBER 10g; SUGAR 10g; CALORIES FROM PROTEIN 12.7%; SAT FAT 1.1g

Enjoy!

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