This deep golden soup is as pretty as it is yummy. If you'd like, you can intensify the garlic flavor by adding an extra bulb. The garlic is what really flavors this soup. -Linda Rose Proudfoot, Huntington, Connecticut
- 3 pounds unpeeled butternut squash, halved and seeded
- 2 large unpeeled onions
- 1 small garlic bulb
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 3 to 3-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Sprigs fresh thyme, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cut squash into eight large pieces. Place cut side up in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Cut 1/4 in. off tops of onion and garlic bulbs (the end that comes to a closed point).
- Place cut side up in baking pans. Brush with oil; sprinkle with thyme. Cover tightly and bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until vegetables are very tender. Uncover and let stand until lukewarm.
- Remove peel from squash and onions; remove soft garlic from skins. In a large bowl, combine vegetables, broth and cream. Puree in small batches in a blender until smooth; transfer to a large saucepan. Add parsley, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil). Garnish with thyme if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Butternut Squash Soup in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p37
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