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Butternut Bisque

 Butternut Bisque
A delicious dinner is even more memorable when I start with this creamy soup. It has a bit zip and super squash flavor. I like serving things that disappear like this soup does. I always get empty bowls back. — Marion Tipton, Phoenix, Arizona
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 2 medium leeks (white portion only), sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute carrots, celery, leeks and jalapeno in
  • butter for 10 minutes. Add the squash, broth and ginger; bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until squash is tender, about 25
  • minutes.
  • Cool until lukewarm. In a blender or food processor, puree squash
  • mixture in small batches until smooth; return to pan.
  • Add cream, salt and pepper; mix well. Heat through but do not boil.
  • Garnish with pecans. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 191 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 439 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein.