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Roasted Buttercup Squash, Pear, and Ginger Soup

Roasted Buttercup Squash, Pear, and Ginger Soup

One 2 1/2-pound Buttercup,or other dense squash, rinsed
3 pears, quartered, seeds and stems removed
1 chunk fresh ginger, about 2 inches long, thinly sliced
Olive oil for the squash
Sea salt
2 tablespoons butter 
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut the squash in half, scrape out the seeds, then cut each half into thirds.
  3. Put the pieces in a large baking dish with the pears and all but a few slices of the ginger.
  4. Brush with oil, season with salt, and bake until fragrant and tender, about 1 hour. Turn the pieces once or twice so that they have a chance to caramelize on more than one surface. If the squash seems very dry (some varieties are), add 1 cup water to the pan to create steam and cover with foil.
  5. When the squash is tender, transfer everything from the pan to a cutting board.
  6. Add 1 cup water to the pan, and scrape to dissolve the juices, reserving the liquid.
  7. Scrape the flesh of the squash away from the skins. You should have about 2 cups.
  8. To make a stock, bring 6 cups water to a boil and add the seeds, squash skins, the remaining ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a soup pot. Add the onion and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to brown a bit, about 10 minutes.
  10. Add the pears, ginger, and squash, then the reserved deglazing water.
  11. Strain the stock into the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.
  12. Cool briefly, then puree until smooth and pass through a food mill or strainer to ensure a silky texture.
Serve as is or swirl in the crème fraîche.


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Philip James JONES, FARM FOUNDER, 1821-1912