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Butternut Squash Soup with Nutmeg Cream Recipe

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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
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Butternut Squash Soup with Nutmeg Cream

Photo by: Mark Shapiro

The flavor of freshly grated nutmeg in an unsweetened whipped cream makes a lovely complement to the sweet butternut squash soup.

Yield: Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup (50 mL) unsalted butter
  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs/1 kg), peeled and cut into 1-inch (2/5 cm) cubes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground coriander
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) dried thyme
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups (1.25 L) chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup (125 mL) orange juice
  • ½ cup (125 mL) whipping (35%) cream
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Soft baby sage leaves (optional)

Nutmeg cream:

  • ½ cup (125 mL) cold whipping (35%) cream
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add squash, garlic and onion; sauté for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add salt, coriander, thyme and black pepper; sauté for 5 minutes. Add stock and orange juice; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until squash is tender, about 30 minutes.

2. Using an immersion blender, or in a food processor or blender in batches, pureé soup until smooth. Return to the pot, if necessary. Stir in cream, nutmeg and cayenne to taste; reheat over medium heat, stirring often, until steaming. Do not let boil. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper, if necessary.

3. Prepare the nutmeg cream: In a bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream until soft peaks form. Add nutmeg and whip until well blended.

4. Ladle soup into heated bowls and top each with a dollop of nutmeg cream. Garnish with sage leaves, if desired.

Notes

For best results when whipping, make sure the cream and your bowl and whip are cold.


© 2008 Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

372kcal (19%)
131mg (13%)
49mg (81%)
1132mcg RAE (38%)
786mg
72mg
4g
7g
4g
35g
75mg (25%)
1262mg (53%)
15g (74%)
27g (41%)
2mg (10%)
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