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Butternut Squash-Leek Soup

Lee Harrelson
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Butternut squash is one of the most beloved vegetables of the fall harvest; this simple soup really lets the squash's flavor shine through.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole garlic head
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 cups thinly sliced leek (about 4 large)
  • 4 cups (3/4-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 medium)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 167
  • caloriesfromfat 19 %
  • fat 3.5 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 4.1 g
  • carbohydrate 33.5 g
  • fiber 5.3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 351 mg
  • calcium 144 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap head in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.

  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leek; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic, squash, 2 cups water, broth, salt, and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until squash is tender. Place half of squash mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over the opening in the blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour pureed soup into a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture.

  4. Wine note: The creamy texture of the pureed soup matches well with a plump but crisp Chardonnay like J.J. Vincent Bourgogne Blanc ($15). It's suitably rich, round, and fruity, with gently buttery flavors and good acidity to balance the natural sweetness of the squash. -Jeffery Lindenmuth

Cook's Notes

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