Recipe by Park Rangerette
My daughter & her husband made this at Christmas last year and it was wonderful! Rich and flavorful, a really good soup. One substitution I've made to make it a little quicker is to buy two 12-oz. boxes of frozen winter squash and then skip the entire first step. If you choose to do that, reduce the amount of chicken stock by about 2 cups if you prefer the soup a little thicker. This is one of those foods that is better the next day!
- 1 (1 1/2-2 lb) butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- fresh ground black pepper
- 12 cups chicken stock
- 2 1⁄2 cups chopped onions
- 1 cup wild rice
- 3⁄4 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1/4 in. chunks (such as kielbasa)
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Season the squash with 1 tablespoon of oil, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Peel and seed the squash. In a blender, puree the squash with 2 cups of the chicken stock. Puree until smooth and set aside. (Skip this step entirely if you are using frozen squash).
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring 4 cups of the stock and 1/2 cup of the chopped onions to a simmer. Stir in the rice and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally with a fork. Set aside to cool.
- In a large soup pan over medium heat, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage and brown for 3 minutes. Add the remaining 2 cups onions and corn. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes.
- Add the squash puree and remaining 6 cups of broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface.
- Stir in the rice and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the cream and season to taste.