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!