Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I started developing this soup for a RecipeZaar cooking contest. Finally finished it, a bit too late for the contest! A hearty soup, add bread and you have dinner.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed soup pot and saute bacon for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour off any excess fat.
  3. Add onions and garlic continuing to cook until onions are softened.
  4. Add leeks, celery, carrots, butternut squash and soaked white beans along with thyme and rosemary.
  5. Saute for 2 more minutes. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  6. Turn down heat and simmer slowly for 1 1/2 hour or until beans are tender.
  7. Adjust final seasoning.
Most Helpful

5 5

Any recipe that DH has seconds of is worth 5 stars! I have to admit that the only way I had a chance of even getting him to try this was to not put any squash in it and I subbed in diced ham because I had some to use up. The soup is perfectly named, it's autumn in a bowl. I was expecting the apple to dissolve in cooking but it didn't, the chunks were very soft but still chunks. Thanks for posting DW. :D