Savory bacon and peppery kale pair well with the sweet, nutty flavor of pureed acorn squash in this hearty soup.

Everyday Food, October 2005


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate; set aside.

  • Add onion to fat in pan, and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add kale; cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Add squash puree and 3 cups water (or more if necessary to achieve desired consistency); bring just to a boil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve, garnished with reserved bacon.


Reviews (10)

249 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 90
  • 3 star values: 70
  • 2 star values: 39
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
Made it w/half of kale due to worries my family wouldn't try! But no need to worry this soup, it is fabulous! I served with bacon crumbled on top & a dab of sour cream! Yummy! Adding to my soup all time favs!
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This is a great soup. It's hearty, has tons of fibre, and is great during the cold months.
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Just wondering if this wouldn't be better if you used chicken or vegetable broth instead of water?
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This is, far and away, the very best squash soup I've ever had. Now it is the ONLY squash soup I will make. I should have known that Martha's site was the place to go.
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Amazing soup! Very easy to make, I follow the recipe except that I use twice as much bacon. Great in the Fall but I make it almost year-round (or as long as I can get my hands on kale at my local farm). My husband and son (both picky eaters) enjoy it as much as I do and it is possibly even better the day after it is made.
Rating: 5 stars
Its a wonderful soup, that is easy to make and its Martha's version of the fall season for your tastebuds. Starbucks has pumpkin spice latte and Martha Stewart the Acorn Squash soup with Kale. It is absolutely DELICIOUS and super easy!! Rich and full of flavor. I added sweet potatoe because I was short on acorn sqush and used chicken broth to enhance.
Rating: 5 stars
This was more delicious than I ever could have imagined. I have never cooked with acorn squash or kale. I used 2 cans of chicken broth in place of water, 2 bunches of kale and two acorn squash but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I served this with smoked chicken and apple sausages roasted with baby gold potatoes and cremini mushrooms, but this soup was hearty enough to serve by itself. It was even better the second day! It was so easy and satisfying that I'll surely make it often.
Rating: Unrated
I just made this recipe except that I added some chicken broth and pureed the whole thing! delicious and soooooo easy. I pureed the squash using the microwave and it was a breeze!
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I just made this soup and it was very enjoyable. The recipe is SO easy (especially if you have frozen homemade puree). I cooked six pieces of bacon for the topping and next time will cook eight (it really makes the soup). Served it with Martha's No-Knead Dinner Rolls and Spiced Carrot Cake -A great meal!
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I made this soup last night. My BF loved it! It was simple and filling. I added red chili flakes and chili powder. It was a nice combo with the sweetness of the squash.