Make Butternut Squash Soup (below) using 2 shallots instead of onion. Fry sage leaves in the butter. Replace 1 1/2 cups of the broth with apple cider; add nutmeg. Top with creme fraeche and the fried sage.
Butternut Squash Soup Saute 1/2 sliced onion with a pinch of thyme in butter until soft. Add salt, pepper, 2 pounds diced butternut squash and 5 cups chicken broth. Simmer until tender, then puree.
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Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine, part of 50 Easy Soups