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I got this recipe from a co-worker. It is delicious. Vegetable broth can be substituted for the chicken broth. You can also add a little garnish of shredded cheese or croutons/bread crumbs if you wish.
- 8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
- 2 1⁄2 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes to yield about 6 cups (about 1 medium squash)
- 1 small granny smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes to yield about 1 cup
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- In a 5 qt or larger stockpot set over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, 8-10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.
- Increase the heat to medium high. Add the squash to the pot with the bacon fat and cook until lightly browned, 4-6 minutes (resist the urge to stir too often or it won't brown).
- Stir in the apple, sage, salt and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes (you'll see more browning occur on the bottom of the pot than on the vegetables).
- Add the broth, scraping up any browned bits in the pot with a wooden spoon.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the squash and apples are very soft, 6-8 minutes.
- Remove from heat & let cool somewhat.
- Add about half the bacon to the soup and puree, using a stand or immersion blender (you'll need to work in batches if using a stand blender).
- Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Reheat the soup and garnish each serving with the remaining bacon.
Awesome! I made this on a rainy late Sept Sunday. I did add an additional 2 cups of chicken broth because it was very thick. I also increased the sage and added a dash of nutmeg. Just because! This is such a wonderful fall soup. The Applewood smoked bacon is what makes it different and better from the rest! Thank you! I will be using this recipe again and again. Oh! One more thing, I topped off the serving bowls with a dollop of sour cream, and a few chopped sage leaves and served with Cibatta bread with basil pesto. Beautiful presentation.
Also added one onion as others suggested and used a few more slices of bacon. After pureeing the mixture, I added about 1/4 cup of heavy cream to give it an even richer flavor. Delicious!!
Yummy! It's the bacon that turns this soup into something special. I also added a chopped onion with the bacon. Otherwise, I made the recipe as stated. Comfort food! Thanks for sharing.