I found this years ago in the local paper. It was adapted from a recipe by Elizabeth Riely. I like to add more cumin than called for.
- 1 (2 1/2 lb) butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh gingerroot, peeled and finely minced
- 2 pears, halved, cored and diced
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (3 inches each)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Peel, seed and cube squash. (cut off a slice from top and bottom and stand squash on end to cut down the middle). Set aside.
- In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic and ginger. Saute 5 minutes.
- Put squash and remaining ingredients (except pepper and lemon juice) into pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. The vegetables and pears should be very tender.
- Let soup cool a bit and puree in batches in a food processor or blender. ( I find a blender gives a smoother puree). Pour soup into a clean pan.
- Reheat over medium-low heat, unti very hot. Season with pepper and lemon juice.
- Garnish with a dollop of plain nonfat yogurt and a small piece of rosemary.
I used regular chicken broth and omitted the salt, I also used smoked paprika and did not use cumin. Other then that, I followed recipe as listed with very tasty results. DH grabbed the entire pot and brought it to camp with him, so that warrants a 5 star rating!! Thanks for sharing your recipe Mike.
Think is FANTASTIC as is, TRUE! VERY healthy, LOVE the pear/butternut combination too! GREAT on a cold winter's night for me! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!
I think the rosemary and paprika must have been "old". Lacked a little flavor. Had used dried rosemary. Try again with better herbs/spices. Otherwise VERY good.