November 7, 2011

Winter Squash Soup from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa

I have a confession.

I have never eaten anything pumpkin.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love pumpkins. I pick pumpkins. I decorate pumpkins. But I have never cooked with pumpkin or eaten it.

That is, until now.

While watching a recent episode of Ina Garten on The Barefoot Contessa (love her!!), she made a soup with butternut squash and pumpkin.

Here is the recipe.

Winter Squash Soup
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1 tablespoon good olive oil
• 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
• 1 (15 - ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
• 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut in chunks
• 3 cups homemade chicken stock or canned broth
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 cup half - and - half

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy - bottomed stockpot, add the onions, and cook over medium - low heat for 10 minutes, or until translucent. Add the pumpkin puree, butternut squash, chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer over medium - low heat for about 20 minutes, until the butternut squash is very tender. Process the mixture through the medium blade of a food mill. Return to the pot, add the half - and - half, and heat slowly. If the soup needs more flavor, add another teaspoon of salt. Serve hot with garnishes, if desired. Don't dad's butternut squash look lovely?!This soup was so delicious and easy to make.

Some adjustments I made to the recipe:
* I did not have half and half so I used a bit of warm milk at the end.
* I added some grated nutmeg.
* I did not cook this soup on medium low. I cooked the soup on medium for about 25 minutes.
* I used an immersion blender instead of a food mill and left half the soup a bit chunky.

Can't wait to make this soup again.

And, I am no longer a pumpkin virgin!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds great Carmie! I love butternut squash, how fun to use one from your dad's garden-enjoy:@)

Kris said...


YUM! This soup looks good! You know, in Belgium, pumpkin soup is served as a staple for just about every meal before the salad. I never knew that but while in Belgium we had it. It didn't have much flavor like I think yours does.


house no. 2 said...

this looks SO good.

Christina said...

I am droooooling as I type this! Sounds soooooo tasty!!!

I can't believe you've never had pumpkin before this - but what a great recipe to be introduced to it. You really need to try pumpkin pie - it will blow your mind!

Take care,

Maggie said...

I want some right now, need to go grocery shopping will look for squash.
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Miz Helen said...

This looks like a delicious soup! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon!
Miz Helen

Amy said...

It looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...

This looks so yummy!

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Rachael @ Fresh Squeezed Home said...

Looks yummy! It would be so easy for me to make Vegetarian too just use Veggie Broth!

Shay said...

This looks really good! Thanks! Shay :)

Jennifer said...

Sounds yummy. I'm a sweet-pumpkin eater...
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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