Google+ Organic Gardens Network™: Soupy Sunday: Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Soupy Sunday: Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

Butternut squash, pear, and sweet potato blend well together and make a filling low-calorie soup you'll savor.

Serves: 8
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 55 min
Total: 1 hr 25 min


3 slices center-cut (30% less fat) bacon, chopped
3 leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped, 2 cups
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 carrots, chopped, 1/2 cup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups lower-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup light cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the leeks and cook until they start to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the squash, sweet potatoes, half of the pears, the carrots, and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly softened, about 9 to 10 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the broth; bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the stove and cool for 10 minutes.

2. Transfer the soup, in batches, to a blender and puree. Return the soup to the saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cream, salt, and pepper and heat until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide the soup among 8 bowls and garnish each with some of the remaining pear.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories 203.7 cal; Fat 4.2 g; Saturated Fat 2.5 g; Cholesterol 15.2 mg; Sodium 252.7 mg; Carbohydrates 38.8 g; Total Sugars 11.8 g; Dietary Fiber 6.4 g; Protein 6 g

Brought to you courtesy of Rodale Healthy Recipe Finder.

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