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Butternut Squash Soup

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1995


  • 2 cups 1/2-inch-thick leek slices, white and light green parts only (about 2 medium leeks)
  • 2 butternut squashes (1 pound each)
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of fat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place leeks in a large bowl of cold water and let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes. Lift out of the water, drain, and set aside.

  2. Cut squashes in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Peel and cut into 1/2-inch dice.

  3. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, cook leeks in 2 tablespoons of water until they soften, about 10 minutes. Add squash, orange zest, and spices; cook for 2 minutes. Add 5 cups chicken stock, salt, and pepper; stir to combine and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until squash is tender.

  4. Puree in a food processor in 2 batches. Return to pot; reheat and add more stock to thin to desired consistency, if necessary. Serve garnished with Jicama Salad (recipe follows), if desired.

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