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Pumpkin-Acorn Squash Soup

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lynda White
Prep time 45 mins
Total time 1 hr, 55 mins
Yield Makes about 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size pie pumpkin (about 3 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 medium-size acorn squash (about 2 lb.)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut pumpkin and squash in half lengthwise, cutting through stem and bottom ends. Reserve seeds for another use. Place pumpkin and squash halves, cut sides up, in an aluminum foil-lined shallow pan.

  2. Microwave 2 Tbsp. butter in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 25 seconds or until melted; stir in 1 Tbsp. honey and 1/4 tsp. salt. Brush cut sides of pumpkin and squash with butter mixture.

  3. Bake pumpkin and squash at 400° for 45 minutes or until tender. Let cool completely (about 15 minutes). Scoop out pulp, discarding shells.

  4. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add thyme; sauté 1 minute or until fragrant.

  5. Stir in broth and pumpkin and squash pulp. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 10 minutes.

  6. Process soup, in batches, in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return soup to Dutch oven. Stir in half-and-half, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1 Tbsp. honey and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook, over low heat, stirring often, 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

  7. TRY THIS TWIST

  8. Kitchen Express Roasted Pumpkin-Acorn Squash Soup: Substitute 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin for fresh pie pumpkin and 2 (12-oz.) packages frozen cooked pureed squash, thawed, for fresh acorn squash. Decrease butter to 2 Tbsp. Omit Steps 1, 2, and Proceed with Steps 4 through 6, simmering 6 minutes in Step 5 and stirring in 2 Tbsp. honey and 1/2 tsp. salt with half-and-half in Step Hands-on time: 30 min.; Total time: 55 min.

  9. Note: We tested with Publix Cooked Squash. Be sure to use unsweetened squash puree for best results.