Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Butternut Squash Bisque

I love cooking - but I especially love cooking in the Fall.

And as they days grow more crisp, a good pot of soup brings comfort and warmth, not to mention a house filled with it's savory aroma as it simmers and the flavors develop.

There are so many kinds of soup, but one that we enjoy throughout Autumn is a Butternut Squash Bisque. It really doesn't get any more Fall than that.

It's also brilliantly simple to make, and can be made quite quickly if you're in a pinch, or reheated for a simple dinner later in the week.

I don't really have a recipe, but it usually goes as follows:

- Dice a small onion and sweat in a medium pot with a little butter and oil.

- While the onion sweats, peel and remove seeds from one large Butternut squash. Cut into 1" cubes, add to onions once transparent and cover with chicken stock in a pot. This is usually about 1 container of broth.

- Cook squash until tender.

- In small batches, puree the soup in a blender, keeping the pureed soup in a large bowl until everything is smooth. Return soup back to pot and continue heating.

- Season with salt and pepper. Add a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne pepper and some fresh thyme leaves removed from the stem. Let that simmer gently for a while.

- When ready to serve, add about 1/2 cup of whipping cream.

- Garnish with small dollop of creme frais, or plain Greek yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup and some fresh thyme. 

I like to serve this soup with some great bread and cheese, or a warm scone. The other day we had it with some Apple Walnut Sourdough from the shop, sliced Honeycrisp Apples, Walnuts and Aged Cheddar. I also love it with an Apple Rosemary Pecan Scone with sliced ham, cheddar cheese and spicy Dijon mustard.

I've even done this soup with a couple of apples or pears tossed in, and occasionally, some white wine if I have it open.

So delicious!


  1. I just made butternut squash soup yesterday. Definitely delicious! My daughter gifted me with an immersion blender, and that makes the final step so easy when making these creamy soups.

    1. It's so handy, isn't it! We use one all the time at the store.

  2. Cant wait to make this thanks so much for sharing .today is a real fall day on cape cod !

  3. Definitely delicious! I wanna try this at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Yes, I have been looking for this all day better now than never!

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