Betty Crocker Butternut Squash Soup

"the pear and pecans add a nice complexity"
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  • Cook onion in butter in Dutch oven, stirring frequently until tender.
  • Stir in broth, squash, 2 sliced pears, the thyme (can substitute 1/2 dried thyme), salt, white pepper and coriander.
  • Heat to boiling; reduce heat.
  • Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
  • Pour about half of the soup into a food processor or blender.
  • Cover and process, or blend, until smooth.
  • Pour into another container and repeat with the remaining soup.
  • Return soup to a Dutch oven.
  • Stir in the heavy cream.
  • Heat, stirring frequently, until hot.
  • Garnish with sliced pear and pecans.

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  1. Chloelayne
    I first discovered this recipe many years ago in my mother's Betty Crocker Christmas cookbook, and I have been making it during the holidays ever since. I do make a few adjustments, most notably instead of trying to peel and cut the raw squash (no easy task), I simply slice it in half lengthwise, brush each cut side with a little butter or oil, sprinkle with a little salt, and roast cut side down in a 375-degree oven until the flesh is easily pierced with a fork (length of time depends on size of squash). The roasting also gives it great flavor. Delicious and a family favorite!
  2. I Cook Therefore I
    This was just okay for us. It seemed like the flavor of the pears overshadowed the flavor of the squash, and it made it really sweet. If I were to make this again, I think I'd omit the pears entirely, as most of the butternut squash soup that I've had in the past has a more savory flavor.


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