Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I came across this soup on Epicurious.com, one of my very favorite places! I love butternut squash and was happy to find another soup recipe using one of my favorite ingredients. While the recipe directions have you dicing the squash and boiling it in the stock, many of the reviewers indicated that they had roasted the squash first before adding it to the soup. I decided to halve the squash, drizzle the halves with extra virgin olive oil and seasoning with salt & pepper, then roasting in a 450 F. oven for 1/2 hour. I then scooped out the roasted squash flesh into the stock. I also decided to puree the soup save for 1 of the cans of cannellini beans, which I added back to the pureed soup and cooking long enough to heat them through. By the way, I also rinsed all the cannellini beans - adding all that starchy, sodium-ridden liquid was not all that appealing to me. I was very happy with the result. Delicious! Here is my version of this soup:
Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Soup with Bacon
2 thick bacon slices, chopped
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 butternut squash (about 1-3/4 pounds)
3 15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney beans), drained & rinsed,divided
14-1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice, drained
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Halve the butternut squash lengthwise. Place skin-side down on baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, or until squash starts to take on some caramelization. Remove from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
Sauté bacon in heavy large pot over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Add chopped onion and garlic to drippings in pot; sauté until golden, about 10 minutes. Add chicken broth; bring to boil.
Separate roasted butternut squash from skin and transfer to soup pot. Add 2 cans cannellini, drained tomatoes, and fresh rosemary. Cover and simmer until flavors blend, about 10 minutes. Puree soup with stick blender (or, alternatively, puree in blender in batches. Return to soup pot.) Add remaining can of drained cannellini beans. Season soup with salt and pepper. (Bacon and soup can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap and chill bacon. Chill soup uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated. Rewarm bacon and soup separately before serving.)
Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with chopped bacon and serve.