Butternut Squash-Chipotle Bisque

Total Time:
2 hr
10 min
25 min
1 hr 25 min

8 servings

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Halve the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Wash the seeds and reserve.

  • Using 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, grease a glass baking dish. Place the squash in the dish cut-side down. Pierce the squash all over with a fork. Roast until very tender, 45 minutes. Let cool.

  • Heat a large heavy pot over medium-high heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onions, carrots and celery and saute until just tender, 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Scoop the butternut squash flesh into the pot and stir. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer until the vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Add the squash seeds and toast, stirring occasionally, until crunchy, about 30 minutes. Season the seeds heavily with salt. Set aside to cool.

  • Cool the soup slightly and then puree in batches in a blender until very smooth. Return to the pot and keep warm over medium-low heat. Mix in 2 teaspoons of the chipotle.

  • Mix the sour cream and remaining 1 teaspoon chipotle in a small bowl. Season the chipotle cream with salt and pepper.

  • Transfer the bisque to bowls. Top each with a dollop of chipotle sour cream and toasted butternut squash seeds.

Blending Hot Liquids: When blending hot liquids, remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid; that prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times, then process on high speed until smooth.

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