Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
This is one low-fat soup worth digging into!
- 1 1⁄2 lbs butternut squash or 1 1⁄2 lbs acorn squash
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 4 shallots, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine or 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup skim milk or 1 cup low-fat milk
- 4 slices French bread or 4 slices Italian bread, cut 1 in thick
- 4 ounces low-fat cheddar cheese or 4 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons chives or 2 tablespoons parsley, snipped
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Halve the squash lengthwise and sprinkle with 1/8 tsp of the salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and bake for 50-60 minutes or until tender. Scoop the squash from the shells and transfer the pulp to a food processor or blender. Set aside; discard the shells.
- In a small saucepan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the shallots and sauté, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the wine and cook, uncovered, for 2 minutes or until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Stir in the stock, milk, and remaining 1/8 tsp each of salt and pepper. Add the mixture to the food processor with the squash; whirl until puréed, working in batches if necessary.
- Divide half of the soup among four 1 1/2 cup ovenproof bowls or baking dishes. Place a slice of bread on top of each portion, then sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Top with the remaining soup and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Set the bowls on a baking sheet and bake the soup for 25 minutes or until bubbling. If you like, run the soup briefly under a preheated broiler to brown the cheese, then sprinkle with chives if desired.
- Makes 4 1 1/2 cup servings.
Made this & served it when we had company over the other day! I'm very partial to thick & nutty whole wheat breads, so used that in place of the French or Italian bread that was listed, & the result was AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT TASTING SOUP that I'll be making again & again! This time I used acorn squash (which was wonderful) but I'd now like to try it with a butternut or some other variety of squash! Thanks for a really great keeper recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed as a recipenap in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #34]