1/4 cup butter
2 carrots, peeled & sliced
1 leek, washed, trimmed & sliced
2 lbs butternut squash, fresh or frozen, diced
7 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
3 peppercorns, crushed
1/2 cup yellow squash, diced
1/2 cup cucumber, seeded & diced
2 tbsp honey
salt & pepper to taste
In a large soup pot heat butter until melted (be sure not to burn it). Saute carrots, leek & butternut squash until soft. Add chicken broth, bay leaf & peppercorns - bring to a boil - stirring constantly.
Use immersion blender or pour soup into a blender & puree. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Blanch yellow squash & cucumber in hot water until tender (approx. 3 mins). Drain & set squash & cucumber into individual soup bowls.
Add honey to soup, stir & pour soup over vegetables in bowls.