Squash Soup with Pear and  Thyme 

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As has been my routine every year in April we wait for Spring recipes, I jump back one more time into the Winter recipes and post just one last comforting soup. Chicago is a tough land to live in. Winter almost seems never ending and Summer comes and goes on a flash. I am getting ready to think about the Garden though. I stopped by a nursery today to peek through what goodies they are planning to bring in for the Spring. And without intention, managed to get yet another houseplant and couple of Herb pots. I decided to use the Fresh Thyme from newly acquired herb plant. Hope you love this recipe as much as I did.

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Squash Soup with Pear and  Thyme 

Ingredients: Serves about 6 with one more appetizer

  • Butternut Squash 1 Medium size
  • Pear 1 large
  • Onion 1 small cut in small pieces
  • Ginger – grated about 1 tsp 
  • Vegetable or Chicken Stock 1 1/2 cup preferably organic
  • Thyme 2 sprigs
  • Black Pepper – Freshly cracked
  • Salt to taste
  • Honey 1 Tbsp
  • Water if needed
  • Butter 2 Tbsp
  • Olive Oil 1 Tbsp for roasting the Squash
  • Crème fraiche optional for garnish

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Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut the Butternut Squash in quarters and remove seeds. Drizzle some olive oil. Using hands make sure to spread the oil all over the Squash
  • Place the Squash in oven proof tray or cookie sheet and let roast for about 50 minutes. It should look soft and cooked when you take it out. 
  • Remove the Squash from the oven, scoop out the flesh and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat Butter and add onion, saute for couple of minutes, add Crushed Ginger and saute for another minute.
  • Then add the Squash pulp and Pear and saute for about 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Add Stock to the pan and mix thoroughly.
  • Add Black Pepper, Honey and Thyme leaves. Let the soup come to a boil.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Put the entire mixture in blender and mix well.

Serve warm and Enjoy!!

For more Yummy Soups see 

Chickpea Soup with saffron

or Lentil Soup 

 

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