Butternut Squash & Pear Soup Recipe
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Butternut Squash & Pear Soup Recipe

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Pears give this harvest soup a pleasant sweetness and nice velvety finish, while curry and ginger provide delightful flavor. —Sarah C. Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 medium pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Balsamic vinegar and snipped chives, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 190 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 527mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 7g fiber), 4g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1 fat


  1. Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 40-50 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly; scoop out pulp and set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the curry, garlic, ginger and salt; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, pears and squash. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
  3. In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth. Return all to the pan; add cream and heat through. Top with balsamic vinegar and chives if desired. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Butternut Squash & Pear Soup in Healthy Cooking December/January 2011, p31

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"Love, love, love this soup. I added a dash of cinnamon to each serving and lightly stirred to create a swirling effect....If you want to make an impression on your next dinner party, make this as your first course...everyone will want the recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"Outstanding!!! One of our favorite soups. I use 1/2 & 1/2 instead of the cream."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"THIS IS THE BEST SOUP. I have shared this soup and recipe with SO many. EVERYONE LOVES IT!!! Thank you."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Absolutely amazing! The pears and butternut squash merry very well!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"This soup was FANTASTIC! I didn't have fresh ginger on hand either so I used dried. I have to say, the balsamic is an excellent touch."

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