- Serves: 4
- Active Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 45 mins
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Step 1: Preparing the Soup
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 shallots, minced
- 1/4 cup sherry wine
- 2 1/2 cups butternut squash, peeled and steamed or boiled until fork–tender*
- 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or molasses
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- Toasted pumpkin seed oil to drizzle as garnish (optional)
- Fried sage leaves
- Roasted chestnuts, sliced
First gather and prepare your mise en place.
To prepare the bisque, bring a soup pot to medium–high heat and add the olive oil. Add the shallots and sauté until golden and translucent, then deglaze with the sherry. Allow the wine to evaporate, then add remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
Using a stick blender or counter top blender, combine all remaining ingredients until smooth. Season to taste and serve.
As an option, garnish with a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil, sliced roasted chestnuts and fried sage.
- by Chad Sarno
- January 13, 2014
*You can substitute other winter squash such as acorn or curry. Feel free to experiment with different flavor profiles and combinations.
*Another great garnish option is to drizzle a bit of cashew sour cream before serving.
Very nice, very full flavor. I use a fairly dark, concentrated veggie stock, which darkened the overall dish and detracted a bit from the squash flavor. I think next time I'll dilute the stock with some water and see how that works...
Tasted it throughout and it was "good". I added a little heavy cream near the end which made it a little more creamy and smooth. Much better.
The consistency was a bit "grainy" I had to put it the soup through a sieve. What caused it? Should I have added more stock? Or heavy cream?
Rouxbe StaffHI- Two things typically cause graininess/grit. 1) Undercooked squash (just cook it longer so it's softer) and 2) Not enough blender time. If you do ever find a soup to have this less than silky quality, you can also use a sieve to help, but it should be very, very smooth and creamy without that additional step in most cases. ~Ken
Can you clarify if Chad intended for the sherry to be sweet or dry? Each would give a very different flavour profile.
Hi Katy - thanks for your question. I am not 100% certain which route Chad would have you go but my best guess would be with a drier sherry - which is what we typically use in cooking. Your instincts are spot on, a sweeter sherry might add a completely different profile to this particular dish; I would suggest not to use a sherry that is actually labeled "cooking sherry" however as this product is typically very salty...I hope this helps Katy! All the best and thanks for engaging with Rouxbe. Chef Kirk
I had never had this type of soup but I've made it twice in one week. It's easy and tasty.....my kind of dish. I wasn't precise with the amount of squash nor the vegetable broth.....my squash turned out to be a little larger than 2-1/2 cups so I used a little more (4 cups) vegetable stock. I used a cube of vegetable broth but reconstituted it in the steaming water from the squash so it had a slightly sweet taste. Excellent recipe! Thank you, Rouxbe!
Can this soup be made ahead and frozen for later use?
Absolutely, the soup can be ahead and frozen. I can only see when heating up the soup that you may need to whisk it together to a smooth consistency again. Enjoy, I hope this helps with meal planning.
What is the difference between a soup and a bisque?
Hi Anthia. A bisque is a type of soup that is smooth and creamy. : ) Lauren
made this today with acorn squash WAY SO GOOD - had to leave out a few things - sage leaves and chestnuts - and added some coconut milk :) great soup thank you!
this is wonderful!