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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry

- Merrill

One of the things I most look forward to about the fall is soup. My father can -- and does -- eat a bowl of hot soup for lunch 350 days out of the year. As I discovered on my honeymoon last year, in East Africa, it's typical to eat hot soup as a starter for nearly every meal, even if you're sitting outside in 95-degree weather. Me, I like to reserve my hot soup for cold weather.

Perhaps it's because some of my favorite soups revolve around quintessentially autumnal ingredients: root vegetables, dried beans, and especially winter squash. I've been making the same basic butternut squash soup for years, adding twists and tweaks as I see fit, and it never fails to satisfy me when a chill enters the air. It's smooth and creamy, the way I think squash soup should be, and it's the perfect thing to whip up over the weekend to have in your fridge all week long. This version relies on sherry for depth and a little intrigue -- if you don't have sherry on hand, you can skip it, or just substitute with brandy (Madeira would be nice) if you have some lying around.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry

Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large leek, white and light green part only, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 3-to-4-pound butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry, plus more to finish
  • 2 to 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons heay cream, plus more for serving
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See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

 

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almost 2 years ago Yessica

I just picked up my very first butternut squash at the market this week. My 4yr old girl looked at me and said "mommy what is this? looks like a big pear" I am excited to make this soup and add one more great recipe to my favs! BTW I too can eat soup everyday when its cold.

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over 2 years ago butternut squash soup

Preparing food such like this is really cool. squash is very nutritious kind of vegetable.

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about 3 years ago sarabclever

I love the idea of adding sherry. Not that butternut soup isn't great on its own, but a little zing is always nice!

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about 3 years ago rbcowgirl

Still trying to find the icon to save this recipe to my Saved Recipes. Can anyone tell me where to find it or how to do it?

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about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

I love thick squash soups when the weather gets chilly. And I agree that sherry can really brightens them up. I just uploaded a recipe I made for a pumpkin soup with rio zape beans and, of course a splash of sherry.

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about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Yum.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Saving this also, butternut squash soup is one of my all time favorites. When its cold I can eat soup every day! Thanks for posting this.

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about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Same here!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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I LOVE squash soup - just finished off a tub with ginger curry and coconut milk - this will be my next iteration!

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about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

I do love butternut squash with coconut milk...

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about 3 years ago jenniebgood

Hi Merrill - long time lurker here - this looks delicious and I can't wait to give it a try!

Merrill

about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks so much. Let me know how it turns out, and welcome to the comments section!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Whoops, how do I save this recipe?!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Look to the left of the photo. It says, "jump to the recipe." click on that and you can find the recipe and save it.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, dr b!!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

My pleasure, Liz!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Saving this for certain - I make most of the soup we eat in our family because I like to be able to control the salt. This looks wonderful!

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about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks, Liz. Assuming from your comment you use salt sparingly -- I'll admit I'm guilty of the opposite!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, Merrill, i'm so happy that you posted this! I have a butternut squash in my refrigerator that was just screaming soup, and I was thinking that I want to find a new recipe--thanks so much!

Merrill

about 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

You're so welcome! Hope you like it.