Saturday, November 12, 2011

Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

I love to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving.  I always serve soup, sometimes two types, depending on the number of guests.


white acorn squash
This is one holiday where I refrain from antipasto and pasta.  Contrary to my family's way of thinking, I realized that the Pilgrims did not bring pepperoni and provolone with them on the Mayflower!  


My mother and grandmother would make soup using turkey parts or just regular chicken soup, dressed up with tiny meatballs, escarole, and pasta.  We would be so filled up we couldn't eat another bite.    While I love this soup, I make it after the holiday and freeze it and enjoy it during the winter.


This is one of my favorites that I will be serving this year.  


Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

2 small acorn squash, scrubbed & cut into 4-6 sections
1 large onion, sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch slices
1 small head of garlic
2-3 T. olive oil
dried rosemary, salt & pepper
1-2 T. butter, optional
5-6 cups chicken stock

Place the squash slices and onion on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Coat with olive oil and season lightly with s&p and rosemary.  Remove a thin slice from the top of the garlic, drizzle with oil and wrap in foil, place on baking sheet.  




Roast in a 425 degree oven about 30 minutes, without turning, or until bottoms are nicely browned.




Place veggies along with the butter, if using, in a small stockpot, squeeze garlic into the pot and pour in the stock.  Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer til heated through.  Puree soup with an immersion blender or transfer in batches to a blender.  Keeps in fridge three days or freeze until needed.   Makes 8-10 servings  (recipe adapted from Gingercreek Cooking School)


top with bacon, onions, croutons, creme fraiche etc.

Soup course for Thanksgiving:  Done 


I will be sharing this recipe with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays, Stone Gable for On the Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Country Cottage for Full Plate Thursday2805 for Potpourri Friday and Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.  Thank you, ladies, for hosting these wonderful weekly parties.


xo

50 comments:

  1. Hi Barbara!

    This looks yummy! I am sure it will warm the palette, especially with bacon! I am going to try this!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. I am your newest follower!
    Keep Inspiring!
    Andrea

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  2. This looks wonderful Barbara. I know I would like this! Will have to give it a try.

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  3. This look delicious I love soups! gloria

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  4. Barbara, this sounds just lovely! We are doing an interesting, outdoorsy Thanksgiving this year, but I bet that soup is good on any cold winter's day!! :)

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  5. This looks delicious. We've been having butternut squash soup for the last few Thanksgiving meals and it's become a regular part of the holiday.

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  6. Hi Barbara, I was just trying to decide what I was going to bring to a pot luck on Friday. I'm thinking of that delicious Rachel Ray Mac and cheese Lorraine you made on my last visit. I was checking out the recipe found on one of your blog posts when I saw your new post for the butternut squash soup! Love how you roasted the garlic along with the squash. Can't wait to try it :)

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  7. Wow! This looks good. As much as I like Italian fare, I prefer a more harvest flavor for Thanksgiving.

    - The Tablescaper

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  8. I don't think I've ever tasted acorn but it looks beautiful. I love soups so I think I just might give this one a try. Your blog is is full interesting dishes and I'm following along now. Patty

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  9. Dearest Barbara,
    Acorn Squash!!! Wow, never seen them and tasted them. Pretty exotic to me♬♬♬
    I bet the taste must be really different from the pumpkin soup we have here(*^_^*)

    I'll serve plain grilled chicken as Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe miso soup(haha, missmatch) We don't really have that custom here, though.

    Blessing to you, my friend, Orchid*

    Good Luck and hop you'll have many guests and have fun with them

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  10. Sounds really good and I'll be the house smells great while it's roasting in the oven-enjoy:@)

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  11. love this squash.. so I will be trying your soup.. it looks amazing and it bet the house smells so good when it is roasting! thanks for sharing. xo marlis

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  12. Your soup sounds divine. Nothing better in the winter than soup. Enjoy. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  13. That looks so hearty and delicious. I am Italian and had to laugh at your pepperoni and provolone comment. :-) I am a new follower from Tablescaper. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  14. OMG! This looks so good and it is making me hungry. I love acorn and butternut squash soups. I will difinitely try this one this week. Happy Sunday!

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  15. Sounds wonderful. I think you have inspired me to try it!

    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  16. Ok, we are still within the three-days to serve it -- any left?!! Looks delish!
    xo Cathy

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  17. Barbara,
    Your soup looks delicious. I have a butternut squash that I need to do something with. I think I'll make a version of your soup with it!

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  18. Yummy! Barbabra this looks delicious and healthy. Full of vitamins that we need. :)

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  19. Grazie di queste belle ricette!A me la zucca piace!Ciao e baci!Rosetta

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  20. Hi Barbara,
    I don't think I have ever had acorn soup, butternut, but not acorn. It looks good!

    I am trying to think of something different to make for Tgiving. I get tired of making the same thing!

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  21. May I please come to your house for Thanksgiving? This looks incredible. I will definitely try it!

    xo
    Pat

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  22. That looks so yummy! I wish I could pop by and have Thanksgiving Dinner at your place!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It's nearly summer here now so I will have to wait until next winter to try it.

    Hope you have a wonderful week Barbara.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  23. Such a delicious looking soup, and another thing crossed off your list for Thanksgiving preparation!!

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  24. Thanks for the tutorial on making acorn squash soup. It sounds yummy.

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  25. Hi Barbara! Oh, this looks so good. I've never had squash soup before! I'll have to try it.
    Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my crochet! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  26. Yum...What beautiful meals you share. I really want to try the Nov 9 beet salad. And, I'm going to try the acorn squash recipies. I look forward to more good eats from you!

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  27. I love cooking with winter squash. This soup sounds and looks absolutely delicious.

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  28. A woman after my own heart! I love this soup. My husband makes it and will hollow out round bread loaves or even small round pumpkins and use them to serve it in.

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  29. We just love squash soup and your recipe looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

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  30. This is one of our favorite Fall soups when we eat out! I should try to make it! Thanks for the recipe! ♥

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  31. This sounds so good. Do I peel the squash after roasting? Thanks.
    ~mjny

    I found you thru StoneGable's Menu Monday link.

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  32. MJNY - no need to peel, everything is soft and purees beautifully. Just scrub before cutting. xo

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  33. This just has to be good; I love acorn squash, but never tried making soup with it.I have to try this one.
    Rita

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  34. I love this kind of soup..best thing about Fall. :D

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  35. OK... YUM.
    I had never had pumpkin soup until last year, and this year I'll admit to never having acorn squash soup.

    I loved the pumpkin so I want to try this because I think I'd love it too.

    And you totally made me laugh about the pepperoni on the Mayflower.

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  36. Mmmmmm Barbara, this soup sounds deelish! Your instructions are very good and I am trying this soup. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  37. Barbara,this soup sounds lusciously rich and delish! I have never had this type of soup before and I'd love to try it. Hope you enjoy a lovely day w/your family. We are spending the day with the husband's brother and his family. I know I'll make the gravy- my SIL is gravy non-savvy~ LOL

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  38. Ummm, ummm, UM !! Looks and sounds so good. Anyone that cooks that good NEEDS these cute tea towels..Good luck..xoxo bj

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  39. Oh, you made me laugh! No, they didn't bring the pepperoni but they would have if they had known about it! I love soup for Thanksgiving too, mostly because I have these cute turkey bowls. Sounds fabulous.

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  40. Oh now I think I just may have to introduce this recipe into the Thanksgiving line up. I love make ahead and freeze ahead recipes!
    Hugs~

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  41. I've never made soup from acorn squash~ I have a recipe that's similar using butternut! I'll have to give this a try! Are you sure Provolone & pepperoni didn't come over with the Pilgrims? :)

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  42. Hi lovely lady.
    This looks so yummy good."" I'am going to try this one your instructions are very good.
    I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape.
    Hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

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  43. Your soup looks wonderful. I always make a pumpkin soup. maybe I need to venture out and make a Squash soup. This is perfect for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

    Linda

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  44. Oh my goodness, sounds wonderful!!! Will try it soon.

    Have a great day!
    Nancy

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  45. I have a butternut squash soup recipe that I love, so I'm sure I'd love this too. You don't peel the squash? Mine I have to peel it before I roast it. I'm trying this soon!

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  46. Hi Barbara, this is the perfect soup for Thanksgiving. It looks easy and I'm sure it has so much flavor. Great recipe. Lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  47. Barbara, I have never heard of this, but wow, it looks and sounds great! Just something about the picture of the squash is so Fall/Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

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