Butternut squash bisque is a classic autumn soup. This scrumptious version parts from tradition in two ways. The first is by using coconut milk instead of heavy cream. The result is a lighter butternut squash soup that is not lacking at all in the flavor department. It is smooth, silky and creamy.
The second deviation is in using butternut squash as the sole vegetable. Most recipes also include onions and carrots. I omit them for two reasons. One: it makes preparation very easy. Two: it gives a more concentrated squash flavor.
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and seeded
1 1/2 cups of coconut milk (one 13.5 ounce can)
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock, homemade is of course best
1 teaspoon of dried ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
1 cassia cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of sea salt
Cut the butternut squash into 1 inch cubes. Put all ingredients into a stockpot with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a simmer, cover and let cook until the squash is very soft, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Transfer to the work bowl of your food processor fitted with a multi-purpose blade and purée.
Tips And Suggestions
Use vegetable stock to create a vegan Butternut Squash Bisque.
Try growing your own butternut squash. Each seed is capable of producing over 25 pounds of squash. I let the huge vines grow on my chain-link fence and they provide privacy throughout the summer and fall as well as lots of delicious squash.
The squash bisque also makes a great pasta sauce. I love it on cheese ravioli topped with toasted pine nuts. I also like to mix some of the leftover soup with chopped spinach and toss it with penne pasta.
The Best Food Processor For Making Butternut Squash Bisque
You’ll definitely want a full-sized food processor for this task, otherwise you will need to purée the soup in several batches. Most food processors can only be filled halfway when processing liquids so you will need a 12 cup model to process 6 cups of soup at once.
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By: Heather Krasovec