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Butternut Squash Soup with Pears

Butternut Squash Soup with PearsRecipe courtesy of California Pear Advisory Board.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 large Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cubed
6 strips bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled butternut squash cubes
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence*
1 cup half-and-half
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Chopped fresh thyme

Cooking Directions:

  1. Sauté bacon in a large stockpot until crisp; remove from pan and drain on paper towels and crumble. Remove all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease from pot; add onion and sauté over medium heat until browned.
  2. Add broth, squash, pears and celery to pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Let cool slightly, then with an immersion blender or in a blender or food processor, purée mixture until smooth.
  4. Return back to pot and add herbs and bacon. Simmer for 10 minutes more.
  5. Stir in half-and-half and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with chopped fresh thyme.

Makes 8 servings.

*An equivalent substitution is made by mixing 4 parts each of thyme and summer savory to 1 part rosemary.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories: 230; Calories From Fat: 15; Cholesterol: 30mg; Total Carbs: 20g; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 5g; Sodium: 660mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of California Pear Advisory Board.