The Christmas Season is almost over and It’s absolutely freezing here in Virginia, like in most of the country. That means it’s time for soup by the fireplace. Since I’m on deadline for book 2 in the Deadly Forces series, and my twins are heading back to college, I’m serving one of their favorites: Butternut and Bacon soup. It’s super easy to make, but an immersion blender makes it even simpler.
This is a revised version of Martha Stewart's Butternut Squash soup. I've changed out the sweet onions, kept the bacon fat, and increased the thyme. When I'm on deadline, I buy the squash and onions already peeled and chopped. I also use my immersion blender to puree the soup because I'm lazy and hate dragging out and cleaning the food processor and blender. I serve this soup with a salad and a loaf of bread. It can also be made ahead and tastes even better days later.
15 minPrep Time
50 minCook Time
1 hr, 5 Total Time
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 3 cups onions, coarsely chopped (2-3 onions)
- 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
- Pepper to taste
- Cook bacon in a large stock pot until crisp. Remove bacon and save for for later. Do not drain, leaving fat in the pot.
- Add butter and onions to the bacon fat and cook for about 20 minutes until soft and golden.
- Add squash, thyme, water, broth, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove thyme sprigs.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the stock pot. If you don't have an immersion blender, puree in batches in a food processor or blender and then return to pot.
- Add pepper to taste and serve with crumbled bacon on top.
- Soup can be made up to 3 days ahead. After cooking, cool completely and refrigerate.
I've never had enough leftovers to freeze this soup, but I don't know why it wouldn't freeze well. One day I'm going to make a batch just for the freezer which will give me even easier "deadline meals".
Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes novels of suspense, adventure, and love. The author of the Romantic Suspense Deadly Force Series, her debut book Every Deep Desire releases on March 6, 2018.