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Leonard
12-06-2010, 04:57 AM
I made this yesterday. I was super easy and really delicious! My question is, can I freeze the remainder? I don't see why not, but I wanted some opinions.

Butternut Squash Soup



This rich, creamy butternut squash soup is the ultimate comfort food for a chilly winter's night.

This rich, creamy soup is Greg Cosby's idea of comfort food. The Photo Services staffer says, "I've managed to make my mom's recipe easier by using frozen butternut squash. It's very simple for the novice cook."



Yield: Makes 8 servings


6 bacon slices
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 (12-ounce) packages frozen butternut squash, thawed*
1 (32-ounce) container low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup whipping cream
Garnishes: sour cream, ground red pepper


Cook bacon slices in a Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

Sauté onion and carrots in hot bacon drippings in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add celery and apple, and sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté 30 seconds. Add butternut squash and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are tender.

Process squash mixture, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Return to Dutch oven. Add lime juice and next 7 ingredients. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened. Top with crumbled bacon. Garnish, if desired.

LadyWild
12-06-2010, 06:05 AM
The squash should freeze well, but the cream is likely to separate when it defrosts. If you can live with that, go for it.

krhm
12-06-2010, 06:45 AM
Yum...sounds great! We had an appetizer over the weekend that tasted like a thick version of that soup in little wonton cups. Anyway, I agree with LadyWild. The soup is probably fine to freeze, but you may have some separation because of the cream, although 1/4 cup isn't likely to make it unpalatable. I have pureed a soup again when that happened, which helped with the texture, but it was not quite the same as freshly prepared.

Kathy B
12-06-2010, 11:40 AM
Why not just omit the cream and add it to the thawed soup when you reheat it?