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Butternut Squash and Corn Soup

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Janna Lufkin

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Serves 10 to 12 (makes 14 cups)

The last of late-summer's corn, cooked so it still has a light crunch, accents this silky squash soup. Clare Carver of Big Table Farm winery in Oregon uses rich homemade chicken broth, but store-bought works too.

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash (about 3 lbs.)
  • About 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • Peeled cloves from 1 garlic head
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 5 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 qts. reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • About 1/2 tsp. Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 cups corn kernels (cut from 3 or 4 ears)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced flat-leaf parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 218
  • caloriesfromfat 54 %
  • protein 5.9 g
  • fat 13 g
  • satfat 7.8 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 4.7 g
  • sodium 344 mg
  • cholesterol 43 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Split squash lengthwise and scrape clean. Set cut side up in a 9- by 13-in. baking dish. Score flesh on each half four times in a crisscross (so juices absorb). Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and spread with honey. Roast until tender when pierced, about 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally with juices. Let cool.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium heat, cook onions and garlic in butter, stirring occasionally, until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Add sage and carrots; cook, stirring, about 5 minutes more.

  3. Scrape squash from shells into onion mixture and add 1 1/2 qts. broth. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and simmer until carrots are very tender when pierced, about 30 minutes.

  4. Purée soup a portion at a time in a blender until very smooth. Return to pot and stir in remaining 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. paprika, the pepper, and nutmeg.

  5. Add corn; heat soup over medium heat, stirring a few times, until corn is tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Thin with 1 to 2 cups more broth if you like. Ladle into bowls. Top with a spoonful of crème fraîche, a little paprika, and parsley.

  6. Make ahead: Through step 4, up to 1 day, chilled. Reheat before adding corn in step