I made this soup over the weekend and it was so delicious. Pureed vegetable soups like this one, and squash soups in particular, are one of my favorite fall comfort foods. I guess I made this one just in time for when some extra comfort was needed.
Acorn Squash & Pear Soup
2 medium acorn squash
3 ripe pears
1 small onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Cut each acorn squash into wedges, remove seeds and membranes and place skin side down in a large shallow baking pan. Bake at 425 F for approximately 30-45 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Remove squash from oven and let cool to the touch.
3. When squash is cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh from the skin and into a saucepan. Scrape any liquid and caramelized squash juices that remain in the baking dish into the saucepan as well.
4. Peel and core the pears. Cut into chunks and add to the squash. Add the ginger.
5. Add 2 cups of water, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper and heat squash mixture on stove over medium high heat until it begins to boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Remove from heat. Working in batches if necessary, spoon squash mixture into a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Pour soup into a heat proof bowl as you process the next batch.
7. When all squash mixture is processed and smooth, pour back into the saucepan and add the brown sugar. Heat the soup again until hot, adding additional water, if necessary for desired consistency. I often end up adding another cup of water at this point. Check for seasoning, adding salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve hot.
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear Bumblebee has the flu :( I hope she is feeling better soon - and that you and the rest of the family don't catch it!ReplyDelete
As for the soup - perfect timing and it looks so yummy! I need to be taking notes for next winter :)
That looks yummy!ReplyDelete
So sorry to hear that your teen has the flu :( Hope she gets better quickly and does NOT share the love.
I don't know what's an acorn squash but this soup looks absolutely delicious! :) Hope Bumblebee gets well very soon.ReplyDelete
I have got to try this. It would be my inaugural acorn squash run. :)ReplyDelete
So sorry the little one is sick. :( I've been watching mine like a hawke and thankfully she's been spared the flu so far. Did Bumblebee like the soup as well? I remember not having much of an appetite when I was little and flu-ish. Hope your Bumblebee feels better soon and I hope the rest of you manage to avoid it!
I've got to ask - when you pureed the hot mixture, did it not splatter out of the food processor? This happens to me every time. I usually have to wait till the mixture is cooler to puree.
Oh, I'm so sorry your bumblebee has this awful flu. Hope she feels better soon and doesn't pass it on. :)ReplyDelete
That soup dish looks interesting and fantastic. Sweet and salty. Hmm...
Awww, I hope she's feeling well soon. It sucks to have them sick :(ReplyDelete
Awwww, sorry to hear about your daughter :( But I'm sure the soup will help! :) It looks yummy :)ReplyDelete
and it's a good thing she won't miss too much of school. Hope she gets well soon!
Thanks for all your well wishes. My Bumblebee is MUCH better! Unfortunately, she shared the love and now I have the flu. :(ReplyDelete
KMont: My food processor (11 cup capacity) can handle this much hot food to puree without splattering any of it out, but I know a standard blender would definitely require you to process it in batches.
I'm glad to know your daughter is better :D LOL, I guess it's now your turn to eat soup :DReplyDelete
Awww, feel better soon Christine.ReplyDelete
(((Christine))) I hope you're feeling better soon!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the well wishes. I'm feeling a lot better today and was even up and about doing a few things... but Tuesday and Wednesday were really tough. All I did was sleep and whimper and complain. Mostly sleep, though. ;)ReplyDelete
I was just looking for something to make tonight for a first course for friends who are coming to dinner. Think I found it! thanks!ReplyDelete
Glad I could be of service, Jessica. I hope you gave the soup recipe a go and that you and your guests liked it.ReplyDelete
yum! I've been making a butternut squash and apple soup from a williams sonoma cookbook that I love. I'll have to try this one.ReplyDelete
This sounds wonderful. Have printed it out for both myself and my parents. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Heather! I hope you all enjoy it. :)ReplyDelete