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Author Notes: I love kabocha squash with its bright orange flesh, creamy smooth texture, and sweet caramel-y flavor. Topped with crispy sage leaves and salty frico (cheese crisps), the soup is a nice segue into Autumn. —HalfPint
- 1 pound kabocha squash, unpeeled and cubed, or peeled cubed butternut squash
- 4 cups chicken broth or water, divided
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 10-12 whole sage leaves
- 4 tablespoons neutral cooking oil
- 4 ounces shredded or grated parmesan or asiago cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- For the soup: In soup pot, combine squash and 3 cups broth or water. Bring to boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer soup for 15-20 minutes or until the squash is tender and almost falling apart. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup to your preference ( I prefer a fine puree). Add more liquid if you want a thinner soup. I usually use all 4 cups of broth/water since I prefer a thin soup. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- While the soup simmers: In a small pot or pan, heat the oil over med heat and gently fry the sage leaves until crispy. Take pan off the heat. Remove the sage to a paper towel to drain. Reserve the sage oil for drizzling over the soup
- For the frico: Heat oven to 350F. Line a baking or cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Mix cheese and pepper in a bowl. Using a tablespoon, spoon out little mounds of grated cheese mixture, spacing about 3 inches apart. Using the measuring spoon, level out the mound into flat circles, ~2.5-3" rounds. Bake for ~ 8-10 minutes or until melted and golden. Loosen the circles with a thin spatula or knife. Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Can be made a day ahead.
- To serve, ladle hot soup into warm bowls. Top with a drizzle of sage oil, some broken shards of frico, and scatter a few crispy sage leaves. Serve immediately.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Autumn Soup
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