Butternut-Pear Soup

Photo: Johnny Miller
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

The flavor of pears is wonderful with earthy squash. Another great combo? This soup plus a grilled cheese sandwich make a cozy, comforting lunch.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced large

  • 1 small butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and diced large

  • 2 pears, peeled and diced large

  • Salt and pepper

  • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • Chopped fresh chives, for serving


  1. In a medium pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until translucent, 6 minutes. Add squash, pears, and 4 cups water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce to a rapid simmer and cook until squash is soft, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. In batches, fill a blender halfway with soup and puree with yogurt until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), transferring to a clean pot as you work. Season with salt and pepper; serve with chives and a drizzle of olive oil.

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