Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

I’m quite certain that butternut squash (and pear soup specifically) can be credited as one of the primary factors leading to our marriage. Back when we were in college my mom told me about a butternut squash and pear soup. I found one online, there were only a handful at the time, and it became a regular addition to my college cooking routine. Conner also happened to be a regular in my kitchen. He LOVED the soup and so I made it much more often than I probably would have otherwise. If Conner was coming over, I’d make the soup, if I wanted Conner to come over, I’d make the soup. It was always a success. I make this squash for birthdays, Thanksgiving, and just to make Conner smile.

I can’t find the original online recipe anymore but I did write it down. It deserves its own post and it is perfect for our fall CSA share- you can make it with any winter squash.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

  • 3c. roasted and mashed butternut squash
  • 1T olive oil
  • 2c. chopped onion
  • 2T shallots
  • 1T minced fresh ginger
  • 1T minced jalapeño
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and chunked
  • 6c. broth
  • 1T honey
  • 1t fresh thyme
  • 1/4c. cream
  • salt & pepper

Heat oil, onion, shallot, ginger, jalapeño, and salt & pepper. Cook about 10m until onions soften. Add pears and cook about 5 m. Add squash and stir in broth, honey, and thyme. Bring to boil and then simmer for 15m. Puree and stir in cream.

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  1. Desra Reply

    yum! that sounds delicious!!! One of my epic fails while we were dating, i steamed spinach without rinsing it and squeezed copious amounts of lemon juice on it. not only did it have dirt in it but the lemon was so overwhelming he couldn’t even be polite! 🙂 He still reminds me of that, I am glad your squash soup had better results for you!

  2. Desra Hitz Reply

    Ps, I think you probably meant add, not ass?! 🙂 awesome



    • digginrootsfarm Reply

      You caught that quick—that’s what happens when you are frantically trying to write a post and your son is chewing on computer wires under your feet. I saved the baby but passed on spell check : )

  3. Suzie Reply

    Thanks Sarah! Love the story and what a great soup. Fondly, Suzie

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  4. Naomis Organic Farm Supply Reply

    verrrry cute ; ) we’ll have to make this soup. we have a late sown, experimental butternut patch, inspired by Conner’s late sown watermelon experiment back in the day. might frost tomorrow night here, might not. they’re looking good, but trying to leave them out as long as possible for best storage…

  5. Cindy Turner Reply

    S: Sent your recipe to our college kids, Erin and James! So glad to see you two find a good place and become we three. Cindy and Dan

    • digginrootsfarm Reply

      Thanks guys! We were stoked to see you sign up for the blog. We’ve been wondering how you all have been. Many happy memories of tomato forests with your gang.

  6. Thanks for the great recipe, I made this tonight! Both Leighann and I loved it. I mixed it up a little by using canned coconut milk instead of cream. Delicious! And thanks for sharing the story behind the soup courtship.

  7. Thanks for the recipe, Sarah! I made it tonight, both Leighann and I love it. I mixed it up a little by using canned coconut milk in replace of the cream. Delicious! And thanks for the back story on the soup courtship.

  8. Leighann Reply

    Mark just made this tonight. Pears aren’t my favorite, but this soup might change that. What a surprise. The only thing he substituted was coconut milk for the cream to make it dairy-free and it was perfect. I think we’ll add this one to our fall repertoire for many seasons to come.Thanks Sarah and Conner!

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