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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Italian Sausage

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Hello, soup season!

How I’ve missed you!  With the inevitable cold and grey Cleveland days comes the instant craving for soups.  I wouldn’t even call myself a soup person (I get more satisfaction when there is actual chewing of meals), but I can’t resist a good hearty soup to warm me from the inside-out.  One of my family’s favorite soups in the rotation is this ridiculously simple roasted butternut squash soup.  I give it a little oomph with the addition of thyme and spicy Italian sausage, throw in some crostini and BOOM.  We have ourselves a meal.

Dinner (or lunch) is served!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Italian Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash peeled and cubed (1 in.)
  • 3-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 4 C chicken stock
  • 1/3 C heavy cream (optional)
  • 1 lb spicy Italian sausage (out of casing)
  • olive oil

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Place cubed squash on an oiled baking sheet and toss with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme leaves stripped from stems. Roast until tender and fragrant- approximately 35-45 minutes.

3) While squash is roasting, brown sausage meat in a heavy bottomed pot breaking up the sausage into small bite sized chunks.  Remove from pot when browned and fully-cooked through.

4) Add chopped shallot to the pot and sweat until softened and slightly translucent- approximately 5 minutes.  When shallot is cooked through, add in your roasted squash cubes and cover completely with the chicken stock.  Let soup simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

5) Turn off heat, and use immersion blender (or traditional stand blender) to puree the soup into a creamy smooth consistency.  Stir in your heavy cream (optional) and return browned sausage meat to the pot.  At this point, make sure to taste and re-season as necessary.

6) Return the soup to medium-low heat and simmer slowly just to heat through prior to serving.

Hope you enjoy!

XOXO,

Stella

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