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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a heavy 3-to 4-quart stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and a pinch of salt. With a wooden spoon, turn the leeks over in the oil a few times. Reduce the heat to low, add the ginger and garlic, cover, and cook gently for 15 minutes.

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  • Make a bouquet garni by tying together with kitchen twine or wrapping in cheesecloth the celery leaves, sage, cinnamon stick, and cloves.

  • Add the bouquet garni to the pot. Then add the squash, apple cider, and the stock. Raise the heat, and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to as low as possible, and simmer, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash crushes easily against the side of the pot when pressed with a wooden spoon.

  • Remove the bouquet garni, and pass the soup through a food mill or puree using an immersion blender. Season with pepper. Swirl in butter if using.

  • Serve the soup garnished with a pinch of cinnamon and a sprinkle of parsley.

Reviews (3)

8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2017
I've made this recipe for about 15 years now. I discovered it by watching her show when I lived in Seattle. I use an oxo grip vegetable peeler to take the skin off of the butternut squash. I half it first (pushing down knife 2 hands with towel) scooping out seeds then vegetable peel off skin. It's funny, the first time I made this I had these orange soft chunks floating around in a broth. I use chicken broth........then the magic happened. I pureed the mixture as the final step. It's golden magic. The soup is like velvet, the ginger (use a rasp to grate) it's just lovely. I moved the Minnesota 11 years ago........and boy this does it every time. The only alteration was chicken broth, I suppose you can use water or vegetable broth...................YUM...........thank you Martha!....from your #1 fan...Peter in Minnesota!
Rating: Unrated
11/12/2010
we are having our church Fair Again one more time this yr. So what am i making? yes, peter's butternut squash soup, this time i have made 6 batches of it.! and everyone marveled at how good it was last yr, so they asked me to make it again this yr.
Rating: Unrated
11/16/2009
this is the best squash soup i have ever made, i am now making 4 batches total for our Church Fair coming up this weekend! it's yummy and easy to make...
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