BROWN BUTTER BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Brown Butter Butternut Squash Soup

This is the perfect dinner party soup.  Comforting and a little decadent, it also looks beautiful in the bowl.  The combination of sweet, tart, smokey, and brown buttery is a definite crowd pleaser.

Brown Butter Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS

For 8-10

2 butternut squash, halved and deseeded

2 kabocha squash (or pumpkin), halved and deseeded

olive oil

3 slices bacon, chopped

1 brown onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic

1 carrot, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

3 sprigs of parsley

1 bay leaf

pinch of chili flake

8 cups chicken broth

2 oz unsalted butter, plus more for garnish

Sour cream (for garnish)

Brown sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 425F. Drizzle the butternut and kabocha squashes with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper on a roasting pan. Chuck them into the oven and roast for about 45 minutes, or until soft and tender.

Meanwhile, let’s get started on the broth. Over medium heat in a large pot, cook the bacon until not quite crisp.  Add the onion and garlic, and cook until golden brown (about 15 minutes).  Add the celery and carrot and cook for another 5 minutes.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Add the chicken broth, parsley, chili flake, and bay leaf , bring to a simmer and let it go for 10 minutes or so.

Scoop out the soft interior of the butternut and kabocha squashes. Pluck out the bay leaf and parsley and add the squash to the soup.  Let it all simmer together for about 10 minutes.  Puree the soup using an immersion blender or a regular standing blender.  Put it back in the pot taste for seasoning.  Adjust the salt, pepper, and add brown sugar if it needs some sweetness.  If it’s too thick, add a little water until it’s the perfect consistency.

To brown the butter, place the unsalted butter (salted butter will burn) in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Let it melt and bubble until it froths up a bit and the white milk solids have turned a nutty golden brown.  Immediately add to the soup and stir.

To serve, ladle the soup into each bowl and top with a spoon full of sour cream.  Drizzle with brown butter. Enjoy!