You're sure to get a kick out of this spicy entree, which placed third at a chili contest in Murphy, North Carolina.
"I wanted to make good-for-you chili that also used veggies from my garden," C.J. Counts explains. "My husband and I are chefs, but we also like to have fun and use our imaginations when we cook."
This thick and creamy soup became a part of Evelyn Bentley's recipe collection, thanks to her grown daughter, Jane. "We share recipes back and forth all the time," pens Evelyn from Ames, Iowa. "This one, we both agree, is a real treat!" (To make it extra fun, our home economists suggest using the squash shells as serving bowls.)
For several years, we've been enjoying this velvety, yet healthy soup at Thanksgiving. Butternut squash isn’t the easiest thing to cut into, so I go ahead and buy mine pre-chopped. —Christen Chalmers, Houston, Texas
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year and the combination of butternut squash and apples reminds me of autumn. The spicy chipotle peppers adds some heat and zip. Using two chipotle peppers will make a spicy soup. If you prefer less heat, add only one pepper or no peppers at all.Andrea Gilkenson, Wausau, Wisconsin
"Folks who like their chili hot really get a kick out of this zippy recipe," pens Amy Baxter of Bishop, California. "I serve steaming bowls of it with oven-fresh corn bread. It's chockfull of garden goodnesswith two kinds of squash , tomatoes, green chilies, black beans, etc.that you can leave out the meat altogether and not miss it a bit."
Here’s a healthy soup from our Test Kitchen that's ideal for vegetarians and those watching their weight. Butternut squash and lentils make it filling, while herbs and other veggies round out the flavor.