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Penny’s Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients: 

6 Tablespoons salted butter
6 cups of cooked butternut squash cut into 2-inch cubes (about 3 pounds of uncooked squash)
2 cups chopped leeks (use white and pale green section only)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped Granny Smith apples (for tartness)
1 cup peeled and diced carrots
2 Tablespoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried sage
6 cups low sodium chicken broth (boxed broth preferred)
1 cup apple cider
1 cup sour cream
Crème fraiche (for garnish – usually in the cheese department)
Fresh chives and sage (for garnish)

Recipe directions: 

Melt butter in a heavy Dutch oven. Add squash, leeks and celery. Sauté until softened (10-15 minutes). Stir in apples, carrots, thyme and sage, chicken broth, and cider. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until apples and carrots are tender, usually 30-45 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree soup. Blend in sour cream. Transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with a dollop of crème fraiche, fresh chives and sage. Serves 8-10 guests.

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