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Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup

 Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup
Soup comforts the soul and this creamy, healthy soup does nothing short of that. This makes a large pot and I love sharing it with others. --Jerilyn Korver, Altoona, Iowa
8 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Cook: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash (4 to 4-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Corn bread croutons and additional yogurt, optional

Directions

  • Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash, cut side
  • down, in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking
  • spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 45-60 minutes or until

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Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • tender. Cool slightly. Scoop out pulp; set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, cook onion and apple in oil until tender. Add
  • garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the seasonings; cook until
  • fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add broth and squash; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors
  • to blend. Cool slightly. In a blender, cover and process soup in
  • batches until smooth.
  • Return pureed mixture to pan; stir in sausage and carrots. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until
  • carrots are tender.
  • Just before serving, stir in 2/3 cup yogurt, sage and vinegar. Serve
  • with croutons and additional yogurt if desired. Yield: 8 servings
  • (3-1/4 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 222 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 783 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 14 g protein.