Winter Squash Soup (Taste of Home)

"Smooth, creamy, rich, and delicious! We got this from a Taste of Home Heartwarming Soups magazine. Prep time on this recipe includes cooking the squash."
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  • If you have a preferred way of cooking your squash, cook it and mash it and skip to step 6; if not, read on.
  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  • Place the squash flesh side down in a casserole dish filled with 1 inch of water.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until the squash is soft and the skin is blistered slightly (45 minutes to an hour).
  • Remove the skin and mash the squash - you need 2 cups for this recipe.
  • In a large saucepan, saute celery, onion, and garlic in butter until tender.
  • Stir in flour until blended.
  • Gradually add the broth and bring to a boil.
  • Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Reduce heat and stir in all remaining ingredients extept the half and half.
  • Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  • Use a blender or food processor to process the soup in batches until smooth.
  • Return to the pan and heat through.
  • Gradually stir in the half and half.
  • Cook 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

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