- 4-5 lbs. butternut squash, halved lengthwise
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine
- 4 leeks, chopped (use the white and tender green parts)
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 4 c. chicken broth
- 1 1/2 c. evaporated skim milk
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the squash halves cut side down on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until the flesh can be easily pierced with a fork. Cool slightly and, using a spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds. Scrape the remaining flesh from the skin and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the leeks and thyme and cook until the leeks are soft and lightly browned.
Stir in the broth and the reserved squash. Simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender, food processor or by using a stick blender (my preference). Pour the soup back in the pan and add the evaporated skim milk. Mix to combine and add the seasonings. Serve warm.
- Yields: 6 servings
- Preparation Time: 1 hour