Sunday, November 22

Soup on Sunday: Butternut Squash with Parmesan & Sage

Many thanks to the lovely Alexandra Wernink for a most thoughtful gift. Out of the blue I received an unexpected package from Amazon. Thrilled, I opened the box to find a copy of Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations, by The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Florence Fabricant. Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift. This recipe from Kathy Thomas is divine.

1 butternut squash, peeled, cut in half, seeded, and cubed
2 leeks, white part only, cleaned and chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1⁄2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups well-seasoned chicken stock
2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
Sage leaves for garnish
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, optional

Place the squash, leeks, carrots, and onion in a saucepan. Add the butter and salt, cover, and cook over low heat until the vegetables start to soften, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the chicken stock, bring to a simmer, and cook, covered, until the vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a tablespoon, drop about 24 small mounds of the cheese onto a nonstick baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese melts and forms lacy crisps. Remove from the oven and cool. Set aside.

When the vegetables are soft, cool briefly, then puree them, along with
the stock, in a blender or food processor in two batches. Return the puree to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Season with salt to taste. Add the heavy cream, if using, and heat through. Serve in bowls or mugs, each garnished with Parmesan crisps and a sage leaf. If you like, drizzle the surface of the soup with olive oil.

Serves 6 - 8

Excerpted from Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations, by The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Florence Fabricant (Rizzoli New York, 2009, $35.00).


Jaime @ DOXA said...

That sounds delirious...might have to add the to Thanksgiving Day meal;)

Looking to make the Mushroom Soup as well!

A Fellow Foodie,

Karena said...

Wow, Ronda delicious. I think you could also do a cooking show, with all of you wonderful Sunday Soups!

C. Anne said...

I bought the first Park Avenue Potluck book because that cover was impossible to resist! Was wondering if this was equally good and your delicious picture has me convinced (your serving ware is exquisite)!

The-Countrypolitan said...

Ooo-yum!...but how could the heavy cream be optional...never!

red ticking said...

i am salivating... will try this one for sure... have a lovely week... x pam

Kelsey B. said...

Did you see the virtual PAP celebration on my site in October? I was the project manager for the first Park Avenue Potluck - that's my old crew. I went to parties for the publishing of this one, such a great book. If you need the original I can send it to you (I have a recipe in it!) Alexandra is so nice!

pve design said...

Kelsey gave this book to me after participating in The Nap Time Chef virtual potluck. I love that soup recipe.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and Happy Birthday to your b-day boy. Celebrate!

ALL THE BEST said...

No, I don't have the first book, but I am sure that it is wonderful!!

What a sweet gift Patricia! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

mary said...

Thanks for posting this recipe--so healthy and I bet any leftover soup would be even more yummy the next day. I just might have to check it out on Amazon.