Butternut squash soup is a seasonal favorite at The Bernards and returns to menu every autumn. Roasted squash has a delicate flavor; slightly earthy and mildly sweet. In order to capture that flavor, one must not cover, but compliment this delicate taste. Here is a simple recipe from Chef Corey Heyer to help those at home make a great soup. Enjoy!
3 Medium butternut squash, cut in half, seeds removed (reserve for later)
¼ Teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Cup of heavy cream (optional)
1 Large white onion, cut in small pieces
1 Rib celery, cut in small pieces
3 Quarts water
1 Bay leaf
1 Sprig thyme
½ Stick cinnamon
1 Clove, whole
1 Tablespoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Place butternut squash flesh side up on a cookie sheet.
3. Mix the melted butter, nutmeg and honey together, and brush the mixture on the squash. Season with ½ Tablespoon salt.
4. Wrap the squash in foil and bake for approximately 30 minutes then remove the foil and continue to bake until tender.
5. Meanwhile, in a heavy bottomed sauce pot, make a squash stock by combining the water, the reserved squash seeds and all other spices. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes.
6. After the stock is flavorful and slightly reduced, strain through a fine mesh sieve. Reserve for later.
7. When the roasted squash has cooled slightly, using a large spoon, remove the flesh from the skin. The skin may be discarded.
8. In a blender combine the roasted squash, squash stock and heavy cream (optional). Puree until smooth and creamy.
9. Adjust consistency with some water, if desired and season with remaining salt.
The soup may be garnished with some toasted pumpkin seeds or julienne pear if desired.