This soup was SO disappointing. First, the recipe doesn't specify that they used a frozen butternut squash puree, which I think is important to note (they mention the brand, but my store doesn't carry it so I had nothing to compare to). I used frozen cubed butternut squash and so had to puree in the blender after cooking. But that wasn't the main problem - the flavor was. What a strange and unpleasant flavor combination this was. Somehow it was too sweet, too peppery, and too flat all at the same time. The only thing it had going for it was the crispy ham topping, and even that was slightly ruined by too much rosemary. It would've been better with half the amount. But really, once you put the ham in the soup you didn't want to eat it anyway. Bottom line, if you're searching for a good butternut squash soup recipe, keep looking - this isn't it!
Ham and Butternut Squash Soup
stacybee14 Posted: 12/06/11
kepredding Posted: 01/13/12
I completely agree with the previous reviewer: what an odd, unpleasant combination of flavors. Additionally, frozen butternut squash puree was almost impossible to find, and I didn't want to spend the extra time roasting and pureeing my own. Definitely do NOT recommend.
incremona Posted: 10/15/12
This recipe is super easy. I liked the flavor but I recommend using half of the black pepper. I am also going to try using half the oil next time in browning the ham. This recipe gave me the opportunity to use my own vegetable stock as well as fresh rosemary. Meijer carries a frozen butternut squash (10 ounce package) which worked out very well. I will definitely keep this as a soup favorite for the winter months.