I recently started experimenting with new soup recipes, and finally created a rich squash version that omits heavy cream altogether, making it a healthier way to curb my creamy-tooth. —Nithya Kumar, Davis, CA
When the weather turns chilly, wholesome soup hits the spot. This one tastes like autumn, with vitamin-rich squash and the earthy flavor of mushrooms. Adding cream makes it velvety smooth.—Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
"The recipe for this thick and creamy soup was given to me by a fellow squash lover," reports Dorrene Butterfield from her home in Lincoln, Nebraska. "The attractive rich yellow soup is especially enjoyable during the cool nights of Indian summer."
Roasting creates a rich, caramelized flavor, but you can cook the squash cubes directly in the broth if you're short on time. They should pierce easily with a fork when they're done. —Jen Lehner, Seattle, Washington
Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and a little sherry do an incredible job of seasoning this slightly sweet soup. "After I lightened up a recipe from a friend in South Africa," explains Lafayette, Colorado's Shelly Snyder, "it quickly became a family favorite."