Butternut Squash Soup
6 bacon slices (optional)
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 (12-ounce) packages frozen butternut squash, thawed - I've never been able to find this, so I just bake 1-2 butternut squash (~3 lbs)
1 (32-ounce) container low-sodium, fat-free vegetable broth
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup whipping cream
Garnishes: sour cream, ground red pepper
Cook bacon slices in a Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
Sauté onion and carrots in hot bacon drippings in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add celery and apple, and sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté 30 seconds. Add butternut squash and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are tender.
Process squash mixture, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Return to Dutch oven. Add lime juice and next 7 ingredients. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened. Top with crumbled bacon. Garnish, if desired.
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This is one of my absolute favorite recipes to make in the fall and winter.