Rating: 4.5 stars
6 Ratings
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Earthy, fragrant spices like allspice, cloves, and cinnamon make wonderful accents for the natural sweetness of butternut squash. Make sure to simmer the squash until very tender--the softer it gets, the silkier the puree.

John Fraser
Recipe by Cooking Light January 2015

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary test

hands-on:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Yield:
Serves 10 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups, about 2 teaspoons pomegranate arils, and about 1 teaspoon cilantro)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Peel and seed squash, reserving peels, trimmings, and seeds. Cube peeled and seeded squash. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add squash scraps; sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Add 7 cups water, allspice, and next 5 ingredients (through anise). Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Strain mixture into a large bowl; discard solids.

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  • Wipe pan clean with paper towels; heat over medium heat. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil and onion; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cubed squash; cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add reserved broth and salt; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 40 minutes or until squash is very 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 opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture. Stir in vinegar and red pepper. Ladle soup into shallow bowls. Top evenly with pomegranate and cilantro.

Chef's Notes

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Source

Dovetail and Narcissa, both in New York

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; fat 5.6g; saturated fat 0.8g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 0.6g; protein 2g; carbohydrates 20g; fiber 3g; iron 1mg; sodium 294mg; calcium 71mg.
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