Butternut Squash and Pear Soup-Don't Try This on a Weeknight

This is an amazing soup, filled with warmth and wonderful seasoning.  This soup says "fall/winter" in a bowl but does require a little bit more time to make.  I made this last Sunday afternoon, after a Christmas brunch as we were getting ready to decorate our Christmas tree. 

The Sweet Boy usually does not like soup but really got into the savory flavor of this soup.  We had it for lunch early in the week with a classic grilled cheese.  Served with a crusty bread (if you eat bread!), a mixed green salad and a buttery chardonnay, this would make an excellent light dinner after indulging too much at a holiday party earlier in the weekend!

You could also serve this in small cordial glasses as an appetizer for a holiday party, or in colorful mugs as a first course for your Christmas dinner.

2 Tbs Extra-Virgin olive oil
1 medium onion diced
2 cups butternut squash, peeled seeded, and cut into large pieces
1 large pear (I used a green D'Anjou) peeled and cut into large pieces
4 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper*

In a stockpot or other large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. 

Add onion and cook until tender about 5 minutes.

Add squash and pear and cook 1 additional minute.

Add chicken stock and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until squash is tender, about 20-25 minutes.

Once squash is cooked, blend until smooth with an immersion blender or divide into small batches and blend in conventional blender or food processor.

Once totally smooth, season with salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg using one pinch at a time until you get the level of seasoning you like.  *I believe that seasoning soup, especially one like this, is based on personal preference.  So slowly add the salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg until you get the level of salt and savory balance you desire.  I personally used three pinches of sea salt and cinnamon, two pinches of pepper, and once pinch of nutmeg.

To make Better use one element of organic stock or organic or farmers marker butternut squash,onion or pears.  To make Best use multiple elements of organic stock and organic or farmers marker butternut squash,onion or pears.

Enjoy the Best food!

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