Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Bisque

September 15, 2011

Author Notes: Here is a delicious soup recipe, which I adapted from my best friend Irina.
In my family only my daughter and I love pureed soups. I usually make half a portion for us and we enjoy its creamy and velvety texture and spiciness of the curry.
I think that this recipe could be made with sweet-potato, pumpkin, zucchini and other squashes.

Serves: 6-8


  • • 1 butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • • 1 tablespoon butter
  • • 2 cups chopped peeled Bartlett pear (about 1 pound)
  • • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • • 2 1/3 cups water
  • • 1 cup pear nectar
  • • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • • 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • • 1 teaspoon salt
  • • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • • 1 small Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced, for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Peel and cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membrane. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet; bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until tender.
  2. Cool. Mash pulp. Set aside 3 1/2 cups pulp, reserving remaining squash for another use.
  3. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chopped pear and onion; sauté 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Add squash pulp, water, pear nectar, broth, salt and black pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil; partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes. Place one-third of squash mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Pour puréed mixture into a large bowl; repeat with remaining squash mixture.
  5. Return squash mixture to pan; stir in half-and-half. Cook over low heat 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle soup into bowls, and garnish with pear slices.

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Reviews (6) Questions (0)

6 Reviews

JanetFL September 18, 2013
I do love pureed soups and this combination sounds wonderful. So happy that fall is here!<br />
Author Comment
Kukla September 18, 2013
Thank you JanetFL! Hope you'll try and like this soup.
feathers October 5, 2011
delicious! i didnt have the recipe when i made it, just winged it from memory, but it was great! served the leftovers as a sauce with lentils and rice:)
Author Comment
Kukla October 7, 2011
Thank you feathers! I am glad you liked it.
Bevi September 15, 2011
I have been making the Silver Palate soup for years, with apples, but this sounds very delicious and while I still have pear syrup in the refrigerator, I will make it. It sounds delicious!
Author Comment
Kukla September 16, 2011
Thank you Bevi! In most of recipes with apples you can use pears instead.