Creamy Acorn Squash Soup; local color

We love sage leaves and use them often, both as a garnish and as a major flavor component.

My mother, on the other hand, barely tolerated the taste…. possibly because all she ever had was an old Durkee’s tin of ‘crumbled sage’ that was resurrected every year at this time to add to the stuffing for the turkey.

She was always careful not to add too much. Anything over 1/2 teaspoon was too much.

She was normally making stuffing / dressing for a 20 lb bird.

As to this soup – if you love sage, use more.

If not a few toasted pecans would be nice, or a dollop of Greek yogurt.

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Creamy Acorn Squash Soup

Apple adds a bit of sweetness to this soup; the ginger a bit of spice. Crisp sage leaves are used for garnish; if you don’t have any, top with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of nutmeg. 

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups chicken stock 
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 10 sage leaves
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Microwave, cut side down, until tender, 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Remove squash from shell.
  • In medium saucepan sauté onion in butter until tender. 
  • Add squash, apple, stock, ginger and nutmeg to onions. 
  • Heat to boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Purée soup.
  • Stir in yogurt and gently reheat. 
  • Heat oil in a small skillet. 
  • Add sage leaves and fry until crisp, about 3 minutes
  • To serve: Ladle into soup plates or bowls and garnish with sage leaves. 

Notes

Any winter squash or even canned pumpkin will work in this soup…. Flavor will vary.

Keywords: light soup, acorn squash

Creamy Acorn Squash Soup

Some of the family came back to France with us after our holiday in Tangier.

Naturally, we toured a few of the local places.

Saint-Émilion, is best known for it’s wine. One wine, the Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947, is considered the best wine of that century. An Imperial-size bottle (6 litres) was sold in 2010 for $304,375. Something to go with the turkey?

It’s also a lovely hilltop village with a lot of interesting buildings.

Like this monastery which is used as one of the town’s buildings. We walked through the cloisters to this lovely old church.

The sunlight streaming through the windows gave it an interesting pink color.

Every Catholic church I have ever been in, and there have been a lot, has a pulpit.

I was raised Catholic and went to church at least once per week for the first 18 years of my life. During those 18 years I attended services at different churches. I have never, ever seen a pulpit being used.

But they are all really interesting….. Such different styles down through the ages.

More from France next time

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