Have you ever read a book that made you hungry with all the talk of cooking and eating? Most of the books that do that for me are centered around food. In Irene Hannon‘s latest romantic suspense novel, Thin Ice (review HERE), the twisting turning plot and the chemistry between the characters take center stage, but . . . they sure do eat a lot, sharing meals as they meet concerning an FBI investigation. One of their favorite places to strategize is Panera Bread, one of my favorite places to lunch. I started craving the Autumn Squash Soup while reading Thin Ice and have yet to find satisfaction. The closest Panera is in a neighboring town and requires planning to eat there. So I found a recipe adapted/developed by Can’t Stay Out of The Kitchen — hope it does the trick!
Fabulous copycat recipe of Panera Bread’s Autumn Squash Soup. This one’s filled with butternut squash, pumpkin, apple juice, half-and-half, vegetable broth and seasoned with cinnamon and curry. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. This soup is gluten free.
1 extra large butternut squash
2-3 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 15-oz. can Libby’s Pumpkin
1 ½ cups apple juice
1 ½ cups vegetable broth
1 ½ cups half-and-half
1 ½ tbsp. honey
¼ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish
Preheat oven to 450°.
Remove seeds and cut in chunks.
Place in baking dish or on cookie sheet and drizzle with oil.
Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
Bake at 450° for 25-30 minutes or until fork tender.
Mash squash with a potato masher and place in a large stock pot.
Add pumpkin, apple juice, half-and-half and vegetable broth.
Puree ingredients with an immersion blender until well mixed.
Add honey, curry, cinnamon, salt and pepper and heat through about 10-15 minutes at a low simmer.
To serve, garnish bowls of soup with roasted pumpkin seeds.
Adjust the apple juice, vegetable broth and half-and-half according to how large your butternut squash is. If the squash is smaller, decrease liquids. If it’s a whopper you may have to increase this amount.