• 8servings
  • 329calories

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Nutrition Info . . .

NutrientsProteins, Lipids, Cellulose
VitaminsB2, B3, B9, B12, D, E
MineralsNatrium, Chromium, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Cobalt

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 tablespoons butter

  2. 5 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)

  3. 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled russet potato (about 12 ounces)

  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  6. 2 cups sliced leek (about 2 medium)

  7. 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

  8. 1 cup half-and-half

  9. 12 ounces baguette, cut into 16 slices

  10. 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese

  11. 3 tablespoons chopped chives

  12. Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add squash, potato, salt, and pepper to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add leek; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender, stirring occasionally. Place half of potato mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining potato mixture. Stir in half-and-half. Cover and keep warm.

  3. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Broil bread slices 2 minutes or until golden. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 1 teaspoon chives. Serve 2 bread slices with each serving. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

  4. Wine note: This is one vegetable soup that can easily handle a lighter red wine. Stick with the French theme and look for bargains from Burgundy, like Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2005 ($20). This wine has pretty red berry fruit, great balance, and gentle tannins that make it ideal for lower-fat dishes. The underlying earthy, leathery flavors bring out the rustic nuances of the potatoes and squash. —Jeffery Lindenmuth


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