Make Ahead

Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Bisque

September 15, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
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.

What You'll Need
  • • 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
  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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  • JanetFL
  • Bevi
  • Kukla
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6 Reviews

JanetFL September 18, 2013
I do love pureed soups and this combination sounds wonderful. So happy that fall is here!
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:)
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!
Kukla September 16, 2011
Thank you Bevi! In most of recipes with apples you can use pears instead.