Acorn Squash Soup
3 acorn squash
3 carrots, scraped and sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
3 1/2 cups canned chicken broth, divided
1/3 cup water, divided
2 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1 pinch ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup half-and-half
Fresh thyme for garnish
Cut squash in half, remove seeds. Bake
in shallow pan in 350-degree oven for 55 minutes. Place cooked squash halves on
paper towels on baking board and allow to cool. Scoop out the pulp and reserve;
discard the shells.
Cook carrot and onion in boiling water 12 to 15 minutes, drain. Combine 1/2 of
carrot mixture, 1/2 squash pulp, 1/2 cup chicken broth, and 1/2 the water in an
electric blender, cover and process until smooth. Place puree in crockpot or
large saucepan. Repeat procedure with the remaining carrot mixture, squash pulp,
1/2 cup chicken broth and water, then add to crockpot or saucepan.
Melt margarine in another saucepan over low heat, add flour and stir till
smooth. Add flour mixture to pureed squash and carrots, along with remaining
2-1/2 cups chicken broth, sherry, salt, pepper, paprika, allspice and nutmeg.
(You can place crockpot of soup in fridge overnight and bring it out in morning
to begin simmering while you are at work.)
If you are using a large saucepan instead of a crockpot, just heat the soup for
a few minutes at this point. When ready to serve, stir in half-and-half. Place
soup in tureen or individual bowls and garnish with fresh thyme springs.