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Butternut Squash & Italian Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Butternut Squash, about 3 punds, halved & seeded
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 Pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 Large onion, chopped
  • 6 Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 Teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 6 Cups light chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream or half & half
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat the squash halves with 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil. Season inside with the salt & pepper. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. When the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and reserve. Discard the peel.

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the remaining oil. When hot but not smoking add the sausage. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the onions and cook, stirring until the onions are wilted and starting to carmelize, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic,sage & marjoram, and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the cooked squash and chicken stock. Stir well to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

With hand held blender, or in batches in a food processor or blender, puree the soup. Add the cream and adjust seasoning to taste.

Six to eight servings.

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