Acorn Squash Soup

by Jennifer Ricklin

Acorn Squash Soup
(adapted from "Canyon Ranch Cooks")

  • 2 acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped leeks, white and pale green parts only
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground or grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly coat a shallow baking pan with olive oil. Arrange squash in baking pan, cut side down, with 1 cup of water. Bake for 45 minutes or until soft. Remove from pan and spoon out the pulp. Transfer pulp to a blender and puree until smooth (or use an immersion blender).

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the remaining vegetables, and cook over medium-low heat until they begin to soften. Add the stock, squash puree, cinnamon and nutmeg. Simmer, covered, for 40 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup and half and half and then simmer, uncovered, for another 5 minutes. Use an immersion blender to smooth, or serve with the yummy bits. Add salt if needed.

To make this dish vegan, simply swap out the chicken stock for vegetable and the half and half for soy milk.

Jennifer Ricklin is a Baltimore food blogger under the name Savory Simple

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