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Butternut Squash Soup with Nutmeg Cream

This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

The flavor of freshly grated nutmeg in an unsweetened whipped cream makes a lovely complement to the sweet butternut squash soup.

NotesFor best results when whipping, make sure the cream and your bowl and whip are cold.

Serves6

CostModerate

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentblender, food processor

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, herby, rich, savory, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishhot soup, soup

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (50 mL) unsalted butter
  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 lbs/1 kg), peeled and cut into 1-inch (2/5 cm) cubes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground coriander
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) dried thyme
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups (1.25 L) chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup (125 mL) orange juice
  • ½ cup (125 mL) whipping (35%) cream
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Soft baby sage leaves (optional)
  • ½ cup (125 mL) cold whipping (35%) cream
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add squash, garlic and onion; sauté for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add salt, coriander, thyme and black pepper; sauté for 5 minutes. Add stock and orange juice; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until squash is tender, about 30 minutes.

  2. Using an immersion blender, or in a food processor or blender in batches, pureé soup until smooth. Return to the pot, if necessary. Stir in cream, nutmeg and cayenne to taste; reheat over medium heat, stirring often, until steaming. Do not let boil. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper, if necessary.

  3. Prepare the nutmeg cream: In a bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream until soft peaks form. Add nutmeg and whip until well blended.

  4. Ladle soup into heated bowls and top each with a dollop of nutmeg cream. Garnish with sage leaves, if desired.

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