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Squash Soup

From the kitchen of Jan Daum

Soups - makes 6 servings

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 1 hr 50 mins
Rest time: none

10 ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 3 & 3/4 pounds Butternut squash (whole)
  • 1 Onion (white)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cardamom
  • 4 cups Chicken stock

13 steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut each squash in half and discard the seeds. (note: pumpkin can be used instead of butternut)
  3. Brush cut sides with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Season with salt and pepper, then arrange the squash cut side down on a rack placed in a baking tray and bake until tender, about 1 & 1/2 hour.
  4. Allow squash to cool, then scoop out the insides and puree.
  5. Peel, trim and finely dice the onion.
  6. In a medium stock pot, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter.
  7. Over low heat, sweat the onion. Do not allow it to brown.
  8. Add the pureed squash and cook over very low heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. Do not allow it to bubble up.
  9. Season with the salt, pepper, ginger and cardamom. (Note: you can use 1 stick of cinnamon instead of cardamom)
  10. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil, still over low heat, stirring often. Cook for about 20 minutes.
  11. Pour the cream into the soup. Transfer to a blender or food processor and process, in batches, for 2 or 3 minutes.
  12. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls.
  13. Garnish with cranberry relish or top with a dollop of cardamom cream.

1 comment

Nick says:

The original recipe does not say what to do with the star anise. My best guess is to crush and add along with other spices...? Or, if you don't like anise, set it on the counter and occasionally give it a scornful look or a stern "No!" while working on the rest of the soup, then ceremonially discard while chanting the ritual words: "Fuck you, anise, you're not welcome in this kitchen". (just a guess)

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