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My mother’s childhood friends are all excellent cooks and I’ve had the good fortune of getting their recipes passed along to me. This recipe for a winter Butternut Squash Soup (with Tillamook Butter!) is just fabulous! My mother’s friend says, “This soup is very easy and makes a nice fall or winter meal. It is bright orange and very creamy!”

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Ingredients (serves 4):

1 tablespoon Tillamook Butter
3½ cups cubed, peeled butternut squash (about 1½ pounds)*
¾ cup chopped carrot
½ cup chopped sweet onion
2½ cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION:

To prepare the soup, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add squash, carrot, and onion; sauté slowly for 12 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in half-and-half and salt.

Place squash mixture in a blender or food processor. If in a blender, remove center piece of blender lid to allow steam to escape. Place lid on blender and cover the opening with a clean towel to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth.

*It can be easier to buy the squash pre-cut in a grocery store produce section, rather than cutting it up yourself.

My mother’s friend writes along with this recipe, “I started walking to school with your mother when we were both 6-years-old, back in Plainview, Texas in the 1950s. Your mother has been a valued and dear friend for all these years and I hope you are lucky enough to have the same kind of wonderful friends in your life.” I just love that note!

Photo: Veronika Polyakova/Flickr (Creative Commons)

4 comments

Shannon

Thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to try this, YUM!

November 29th, 2011 at 11:44 am

Jala

Tillamook Team

You're welcome, Shannon! Let us know how it turns out!

Jala of the Tillamook Team

November 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Darrell

Is the "3/4 chopped carrot" really "3/4 cups chopped carrot"?

November 29th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

Hi there Darrell. Good catch! I'm assuming so but I'm checking on it for ya. I'm going to change it for now and if it's incorrect I'll go back in and edit. Thank you!

Jala of the Tillamook Team

November 29th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
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