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Maple Squash Soup

 Maple Squash Soup
This special soup will be sure to impress guest especially served in special squash shells.—Pat Hoffman, Pensacola, Florida
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium butternut squash (about 2-1/4 pounds each)
  • 4 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 1 medium leek (white portion only), chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • Additional maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Pierce neck end of squash in several places with a sharp knife.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4-5 minutes. Cut squash between
  • neck and bulb. Peel neck and cut into cubes; set aside.
  • Remove and discard seeds and membrane from bulb, leaving about a
  • 1/2-in. shell; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a foil-lined
  • 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; top with 4 teaspoons butter. Bake at
  • 350° for 15-20 minutes or until butter is melted and squash is
  • heated through.
  • In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, saute the onions, leek and celery in
  • remaining butter until tender. Add squash cubes, broth and syrup;

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Maple Squash Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or
  • until squash is tender.
  • In a blender, puree soup in small batches until smooth. Return to the
  • pan. Drizzle additional syrup into squash bowls. Fill with soup;
  • drizzle with additional syrup if desired. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Freeze remaining soup. Yield: 3 quarts (4 soup bowls).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 204 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 345 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein.