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18Feb2013_1_Robins-Squash-Soup_PlatedLast night Robin found this recipe for an awesome squash soup. Don’t stop reading! I am not particularly fond of squash either. But this is a really good soup. Easy to make and can be made ahead of time. I added the garlic clove to the recipe. We also added just a little rice that had been sauteed in the sage butter to the bottom of the bowl before ladling in the soup. A surprisingly good addition. Try this soup, you will probably like it. Cheers!

Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan and Fried Sage Leaves

Source: Epicurious Butternut Soup with Parmesan and Fried Sage Leaves
Note: Fried sage leaves make a crispy garnish. Try them also crumbled on mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables.

3 T Butter
1 Onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove Garlic, chopped
1 T chopped Fresh Sage
1 – 2¾ lbs Butternut Squash, halved, peeled, seeded, chopped (about 5 cups)
5 cups canned low-salt Chicken broth (We used fresh made duck broth)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
24 fresh Sage Leaves

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion; cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add chopped garlic and chopped sage; stir 1 minute. Add squash and broth.
Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree soup in batches in blender until smooth. Return soup to pot. Mix in cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, then cover and refrigerate.)
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add sage leaves and sauté until brown and toasted, about 2 minutes. Bring soup to simmer. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with fried sage leaves and serve with a good Pinot Noir like a 2008 Papapietro Perry Russian River Pinot Noir.