butternut squash and pear puree

March 20, 2010

This recipe is from the refresh cookbook by Ruth Tal. The other day I posted 2 sauces from refresh that I love – Tamari and Tahini – and mentioned that I wanted to try the Butternut Squash and Pear soup. Well I tried it. Kind of. We had friends over for dinner last night and I needed a yummy side dish. So instead of making a soup, I turned the recipe into a puree. It was so good.

Not only was it totally delicious last night, but today for lunch I took the left-over puree, added a little veggie stock, turned it into a soup, and then sprinkled it with picada. Totally satisfying except now it’s gone which is sad. I wish I had made more. Try it  out. And one day I will make the soup the way Ruth Tal suggests and let you know how it goes. In the meantime, this is a great improv version.

1 inch ginger root, peeled and minced

1 cinnamon stick

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

6 cups vegetable stock

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped (I used shallots which I adore)

1/3 cup white wine

2 pears, cored and chopped (to enhance the wonderful pear flavour in the soup, leave the pear peel on.)

sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Put the ginger, cinnamon stick , squash, and sweet potato in a large pot. Cover with the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil  then reduce to a simmer.

2. While the vegetables are simmering in the pot, heat olive oil in a frying pan. Add onion and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes.

3. Add white wine and chopped pear to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes until wine is reduced; then add to the squash and sweet potato mixture.

4. When everything is cooked through, about 30 minutes, pour off most of the stock and reserve for another use (or for your reconstituted soup the next day!). Remove the cinnamon stick. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

photo credit: Kristina, Lovely Morning

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