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BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PEAR SOUP

squash pear soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed (one medium squash or the equivalent in precut cubes)
  • 1 potato (about 8oz), peeled and cubed (I use Yukon gold)
  • 3 small parsnips (about ½ lb), peeled and diced
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and diced (I use Anjou)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ⅛-¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛-¼ tsp cumin
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock (or veg stock)
  • 2 cups water
  • freshly ground pepper, lots!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat large pot over medium heat. Add oil.
  2. Add diced onion, cook until translucent and beginning to brown on the edges, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the curry powder, cayenne, cinnamon and cumin. Toss to coat. Cook for another minute or so.
  4. Add cut squash, potato, parsnip and pear. Sprinkle with the salt. Cook for about 10 minutes, tossing every once in a while.
  5. Add the stock and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and cover with the lid. Cook for about 45 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  6. Allow to cool a little before pureeing. In batches, puree the soup. The best way to do this is with a good blender, but an immersion blender will work too. Don’t blend too long, or it will have a baby-food consistency, just blend until smooth. Leave a slight texture.
  7. As you go, add each batch to a heatproof bowl or another pot. Add the pepper, taste. At this point you can serve right away or cool and refrigerate or freeze.

Makes 12 - 1 cup servings

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About Carolyn Cohen

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Carolyn Cohen, Natural Foods Chef, has owned and operated DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School for the last 15 years. DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School specializes in whole natural food HOME cooking, meal panning, and healthy eating. CAROLYN also owns DELICIOUSNUTRITION, a nutrition based culinary school specializing in holistic health and nutrition. Classes focus on clean-eating programs, superfoods and classes targeting specific health concerns and goals. Carolyn, is an Occupational Therapist by training who left her practice to pursue her passion - cooking. She started cooking at a very young age, and takes great pride in planning both simple, everyday meals and menus you can entertain with. Her informative and casual teaching style has inspired people to become great cooks and to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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