the end of soup season

With the arrival of spring showers, I know that the season and that my food cravings have changed. However, tucked between days of rich sunshine and drinking coffee on patios, the temperature still drops. Soup is a winter staple, but it is also perfect for transition, weather days.

In the fall I visited a friend in Copenhagen who introduced me to the combination of butternut squash and pear. I have long been a believer that pear tastes good in almost everything (in pasta sauces with mushrooms, on pizza with caramelized onions and goat cheese, in salads with walnuts and blue cheese and in all types of cakes). Now I can add to that list: pear roasted with butternut squash and pureed into a soup.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup


1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 ripe pears, peeled and cubed
4-6 shallots, finely diced
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
dried chipotle, as little or as much as you prefer
sea salt
freshly ground pepper

pumpkin seeds
goat cheese
a drizzle of olive oil

Preheat oven to 400F/200C. On a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, combine the pears, squash, garlic and shallots. Drizzle with olive oil, dried chipotle, and salt and pepper and then toss to coat evenly. Roast for about 45 minutes to an hour until the squash is soft and everything begins to caramelize. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. While cooling, prepare the stock (bring water to a boil with bouillon cubes) and remove from heat.

In batches, blend butternut squash mixture in a blender with a few spoonfuls of stock. Blend until smooth and there are no more chunks. Pour puree into a large pot and add any of the remaining stock. Stir well to combine and reheat.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with crumbled goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.


Kate  – (April 10, 2011 at 10:20 PM)  

i think you should know, sasha dearest, that long ago in the days of lambert-closse, we made soup with butternut squash and pear.

xoxox i miss you oodles! can't wait to see where and when we see each other next.

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