Sometimes the best recipes arise from kitchen-related disasters. My cousin Dave Berry is one of those natural cooks who can create delicious recipes from scratch. When following his original recipe for Butternut Squash Soup, I accidentally added too much chicken stock, resulting in a very watery, flavorless soup. I needed to amp it up to give it more flavor. Instead of adding more steamed squash, I opted to layer in more flavor — seasoning the squash with curry and onion powder and roasting it. I decided a bit of apple would add a nice bit of sweetness. According to our dinner guests (and recipe testers), my “fixes” were a success!
Butternut Squash Soup
(From “Fresh Tastes from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®” by Lee Clayton Roper)
- Yield: 10 to 12
- 3 pounds (12 cups) peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash (about 4 to 4 1/2 pounds whole squash), divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, or more to taste
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 cup half and half
- Garnish: 1/4 cup chopped roasted pecans
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Arrange half of the squash in a single layer in a large roasting pan; toss with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder and onion powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast squash about 25 to 35 minutes or until very soft. Cool slightly, then mash with a potato masher until smooth.
- In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and rosemary; cook until the onion is soft. Add the remaining uncooked cubed squash, chicken stock, chopped apple and remaining curry powder. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 30 to 40 minutes or until the squash is tender when tested with a fork. Add half and half, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat.
- Purée with an immersion blend or cool slightly and transfer to a blender in batches; purée until smooth. Return mixture to pan and reheat, if necessary. Stir in the mashed squash. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve warm; garnish with about 1 teaspoon chopped pecans per serving.
Make ahead: Soup can be made up to 2 days in advance, covered and refrigerated. Reheat over medium heat until hot.