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The Perfect Winter Soup (Recipe)

The Perfect Winter Soup (Recipe)


It’s cold out there! Warm yourself up with this soup. This quick and easy butternut squash soup is perfect for a busy weeknight supper.

Butternut Squash Soup with Gruyere-Sage Breadcrumbs



  • 1 3-pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 7 Ounces shelled chestnuts
  • 1 1/2 Large leeks, white parts only, trimmed, cut lengthwise, cleaned and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 3 Cups whole milk
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Croutons (optional)

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 12 1″ thick slices baguette
  • 1/2 Cup grated gruyere
  • 1/2-1 Teaspoon minced fresh sage

Garnishes (optional):

  • 1 Tart apple, peeled, cored and cut into tiny dice
  • 1/3 Cup toasted hazelnuts or walnuts

1. Preheat broiler.
2. in a large, heavy pot or dutch oven, bring squash, chestnuts, leeks, milk and 3 cups water to a boil. Season with salt. When the mixture is boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 25-35 minutes, until the squash has softened.
3. Working in batches, puree soup in a food processor or blender until smooth. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Return soup to pot on very low heat.
4. Make croutons. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place the slices, buttered side facing up, on a baking sheet. Broil for about 1 minute, or until the bread is golden brown. Divide gruyere and minced herbs among bread slices, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Divide optional apple and toasted nuts among soup bowls. Pour soup over apple and nuts, and top each bowl with crouton. Serve hot.

Recipe Adapted From: Dorie Greenspan.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:53AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Thank you!

3:05AM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Thank you

9:38AM PST on Jan 4, 2014


12:07AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Sounds nice, but without the croutons as I'm not a fan.

3:34AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

It sounds good but it'll be divine with almond milk! Thanks

1:43PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

John W ....... NEWSFLASH ..... Other parts of the globe aren't having the same weather as you - it's "brass monkey" weather where most of us are !!! Think yourself lucky and please stop "rubbing salt into the wound" LOL !!

1:38PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Winter isn't until July 2014. ^_^
It's summer.

11:21PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

This sounds delicious.

7:31PM PST on Dec 14, 2013


4:21AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Don't forget exercising out

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