Bacon and Butternut Squash Soup with Goat Cheese and Chives

I got the idea for this soup from a pin on Pinterest for Butternut squash soup. The recipe was adapted from Damn Delicious’s preparation Here. I added a zucchini, a yellow pepper, and used sweet white onions for some nice flavor nuances. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 packages chopped butternut squash
  • 2 sweet onions in rough chop
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (can be omitted) rough chopped
  • 1 small Zuchinni rough chopped, skin peeled off
  • 1 parsnip peeled and chopped
  • 5-6 bay leaves
  • .75 pounds bacon in large pieces
  • Sprinkle of Aleppo Pepper
  • ⅓ cup minced garlic
  • Sprinkle of ground thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste(I used a lot!)
  • Avocado or Olive oil to coat veggies
  • ¼ cup half n half
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • Chives chopped finely
  • Box of chicken stock
  • ½ pound bacon🥓 (yess more bacon!) diced
  • Goat cheese, crumbled
  • Cream or fine sherry if desired

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl add squash, onions, bell pepper, zucchini,parsnip, salt and pepper, all of the garlic and toss in oil and dump onto a parchment lined sheet pan(full size) spreading evenly. Sprinkle with Aleppo and ground thyme, lay out bay leaves evenly, and top with raw bacon. Roast vegetables in oven for about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. Pull from oven when tender and just starting to brown. In a small pot, brown diced bacon until crispy and remove to a paper towel lined plate and set to side. Chop Chives. Remove bay leaves from vegetables. Add roasted veggies and their juices to stock pot and add chicken stock, stirring to combine. Cook until soft bubbles form, and then use an immersion blender to make smooth. Make sure to blend for about 3 minutes, taking care to move about and fully incorporate all the ingredients. Add half n half, blend again. Turn off heat on stove and add butter, stirring well until all the butter is melted and incorporated. Garnish with cooked bacon, Chives and goat cheese and enjoy! Can finish with fine sherry if you desire to.

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