Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
One of Emeril Lagasse's recipe that is SO GOOD. I usually use less broth (for a thicker soup), cream cheese instead of cream(b/c I like cream cheese), and sweet italian TURKEY sausage (leaner)....however any way you do it, it's delicious.
- 1 large butternut squash, about 3 pounds, halved, seeds removed
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 lb sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, plus
- 12 whole sage leaves
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram
- 6 cups low-fat chicken broth or 6 cups broth
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar or 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream (or more)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Lightly coat the squash halves with 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil. Season the inside with salt and pepper and place cut-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until very tender, about 45 minutes. When the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and reserve. Discard the peel.
- In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the remaining vegetable oil and, when hot but not smoking, add the sausage. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions wilted and starting to caramelize, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, sage and marjoram, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the cooked squash and chicken stock, stir well to combine, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- With a hand-held immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor or blender, puree the soup. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean saucepan. Add the cider vinegar and stir to combine. Add the cream and adjust seasoning, to taste.
- In a small saute pan, cook the butter over medium-high heat until it begins to turn brown around the edges. Add the whole sage leaves and cook until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the leaves to paper towels to drain.
- Serve the soup in bowls, garnished with the crispy sage leaves.
Absolutely Excellent! The only change I made was to not blend it to smooth. I like the chunks. This is a keeper for my files. Thank you!
Wow, this was delicious! Fairly simple, too. I substituted soft tofu for the heavy cream (a healthy, lactose intolerant trick I recently discovered) and couldn't taste the difference. Highly recommend!