12/04/06

Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

Serves 4 to 6

1 butternut squash
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 medium onions, sliced
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup half and half
1 cup milk
Juice of 1/2 lime

Peel the squash and cut into chunks. Add chunks to a food processor fitted with a metal blade and roughly chop, in batches if necessary.

Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Cook onions with salt and pepper until soft, about 10 minutes. Add ginger and cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add butternut squash and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.

Puree in a blender until smooth. Add back into pot and stir in half and half and milk. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in lime juice and serve immediately.

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