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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Best Butternut Squash, Pear & Bacon Soup

I've heard a couple of people on TV say "Butternut Squash Soup, is old news".  And while that may be true, I don't think anybody would call this recipe, old anything.  It's literally the best butternut squash soup I've ever had.  It could be because of the bacon - let's face it, everybody loves bacon.

When I served this soup to a friend of mine who reluctantly tried it because she said "I don't like soup".  After eating it, (she practically licked the bowl) she said "Ok, I don't like soup, but I love this soup".  I think you will too.

It's a little time consuming, but it's well worth it.

Butternut Squash, Pear & Bacon Soup

Recipe by Fluudbloggler
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
  • 4 cups butternut squash
  • 2 pears (any kind)
  • 4 pieces bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy or half & half cream
  • 1 tsp herbs de provence
  • This recipe is easier if you prepare all ingredients ahead of time.
  1. Peel skin from squash, and cut into cubes to make 4 cups. (See instruction below on how to cut and peel a squash.)
  2. Peel skin from pears, and cut into cubes.
  3. Cut onion into small pieces.
  4. In a large pot fry bacon until cripsy.
  5. Remove from pot and cool to touch, then crumble into small bits.
  6. Discard all but 1 tbsp bacon fat.
  7. In hot bacon fat, cook onion until brown over medium heat.
  8. Add chicken stock, squash and pears.

  9. Bring to a boil, then reduce head and simmer, covered for 30 minutes.

  10. Use an immersion blender and bled until all the squash and pears are smooth and no chunk remain.
  11. Add bacon and herbs de provence, and continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from head and stir in cream.
  13. Serve immediately, or store in mason jars or in the freezer.

How to cut a squash:

Slice off the bottom so that it can sit flat.  Slice a piece off the top so it lies flat.
Peel the skin.
Cut the squash lengthwise in half.
Scoop out the seeds from the middle.
Cut into bite sized pieces.

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