Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Butternut Squash Soup #recipe + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber


From Daryl

From Wreath between the Lines - here's an early reveal of delicious recipe. 

I know it's nearing Halloween and Thanksgiving, but to me, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Fa-la-la! 


Yes, there are Christmas decorations in these foodie photos because I made this recipe for the book, but it's a perfect fall recipe, and I felt you absolutely must have it early!

By the way, if I were to become something other than a writer, I would consider become a soup chef.  Or an ice cream maker. One of the two.

I adore soup and I love making it. There’s something about the savory aromas and the variety of textures that call to me. This soup is perfect for a winter’s night. The bacon adds just the right zing.  Enjoy!

BUTTERNUT Squash soup with bacon

(Serves 4)

8 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 Vidalia or sweet onion, finely diced
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme or rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 green onions, green ends only, diced

In a large stockpot set over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.

Increase the heat to medium high. Add the butternut squash to the pot with the bacon fat and cook until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Don’t stir too often or it won’t brown. You want it to brown. FYI, the bottom of the pot will start turning brown. This is okay.

Stir in the diced onion, apple, thyme (or rosemary), salt, and white pepper and cook for 4 minutes.

Add the broth, scraping up the browned bits in the pot with a spoon. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to simmer, and cook until the squash, onions, and apples are very soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool about 5 minutes.

Add half the bacon to the soup and stir. Then purée the soup using a standing blender or immersion blender. You’ll have to do small batches if you use the standing blender.

Pour the soup into bowls and garnish each serving with remaining bacon and diced green onions.

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What is your favorite soup or appetizer? 

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  1. My favorite soup is New England Clam Chowder!
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  2. Taco Soup! So yummy!
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  3. French onion soup is my favorite, but nothing says comfort like a grilled cheese with tomato soup!

    1. Deb, I make mine using gluten-free bread and love it! So savory. ~ Daryl

  4. Lamb barley
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  5. Potato soup :-)
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  6. favorite soup is lemon orzo

  7. My favorite soup is my mother's recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I love soup! Homemade chicken noodle soup is my favorite but I love clam chowder and my husband makes a fantastic beef stew (does that count as soup?).

    1. Tami, I think it depends on how "thin" the stew is. I think it's still "stew" and falls into the casserole/main dish category. ;) ~ Daryl

    2. Congrats, Tami. You won this by random selection. I'll email you ~ Daryl

  9. Butternut and pumpkin soups are definitely in rotation at my place during the fall. My all time favorite soup is sausage, kale and white bean. That said, a good bowl of clam chowder is very tempting, too!
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  10. This soup looks really good. It's hard to choose a favorite. I love so many. I'll go with the split pea with ham being a family's favorite. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

    1. Bonnie, I'm really partial to split pea after serving Honey Baked ham during the holidays. ~ Daryl

  11. My favorite soup has always been French Onion Soup. My niece got married this past Saturday and at the after party my brother made a chicken vegetable soup in his crockpot. It was so good that some of the girls had 4 helpings trying to keep warm in the MA/NH border cold. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

    1. Paula, in my French Bistro mysteries, French onion soup is a specialty. ~ Daryl

  12. I think my favorite soup is a wild rice mushroom soup that I make. it's rich and yummy! Thank you for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. My favorite soup is tomato basil soup with veggies. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I love basil and tomato together. A perfect pair. ~ Daryl

  14. Everythings better with bacon. Sounds like a great soup - my favorite is broccoli cheddar with bacon. trwilliams 69 at msn dot com

  15. Isn't homemade soup always the best? Mine is a homestyle chicken vegetable soup that I've been making for years (and years). Got the recipes from Swanson broth. It's got a little of everything and I always add frozen ravioli or tortellini to it. When I say I'm making soup the response is, "THE soup??" Thanks for the giveaway and another great recipe.

    1. Sally, another hearty soup. Thanks for the idea. ~ Daryl

  16. My favorite appetizer is bruschetta. So perfect and tasty. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, I love bruschetta, too. Of course, I need to use gluten-free bread, but it's all the things on top that make it shine. ~ Daryl

  17. French onion soup is one of my favorites. Your butternut squash soup looks really good, especially with the bacon. Looking forward to reading "Wreath Between the Lines" this holiday season.

    1. Thanks, Dianne. I do hope everyone enjoys the story. ~ Daryl

  18. Chicken noodle or enchilada.