Written by Rocky Mountain Woman on September 29, 2010 – 1:39 pm -

The only thing that keeps me from sinking into a deep depression when the weather turns colder, is that I have a good excuse to make homemade soup. For me, since I typically like to cook healthier dishes, cream soup is the way to go.

I adapted this recipe from a Williams Sonoma recipe I found in one of their “Thanksgiving” handouts. While we are on that subject, my local Williams Sonoma store has these cute little handouts they give away every year with Thanksgiving recipes. I try and get in there a few weeks before Thanksgiving to get one. The recipes are always great and it’s an excuse to go feed my Williams Sonoma habit…

You’ll need the following:

4 bacon slices
1 yellow onion
2 celery stalks
1 bay leaf
1 tsp of chopped fresh sage
4 t kosher salt
1 t pepper from the mill
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup white wine
3 cups low sodium chicken broth (healthy!)
1 package of butternut squash
1/2 cup of heavy cream (be brave)

Start with that very healthiest of all foods, bacon! Chop three or four slices of bacon coarsely (four is better)

then chop one whole onion – yellow or white works best for this recipe

and two sticks of celery

Fry the bacon in a dutch oven until it starts to crisp up and then add the vegetables, saute until they are soft

add the seasonings

cube the potatoes

add them to the pot and saute for a few minutes…deglaze the pot with the wine

add the chicken broth (healthy!) and the package of butternut squash

then, you can do what you want, but I like to kick off my shoes, pour some of that wine into a glass and put a little Eric Clapton on the stereo…
Let the whole thing simmer while you listen to Eric and sip wine until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes

then, ta da! the good part..add the cream and let simmer for just a minute or two…

Lovely, easy….serve with some crusty bread, a green salad and a crisp Chardonnay for a light fall supper….

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  1. Teresa Says:

    I have some butternut squash out in the garden. This looks yummy!

  2. Julie Harward Says:

    Oh boy, that looks so good and I swear I can smell it too! Perfect for tonight…lets get together yay yay yay! ;D

  3. Brenda Towsley Says:

    That sounds scrumptious! Do you know how much squash we would add if we wanted to use some fresh? We still a few in the garden.

  4. christy Says:

    i made butternut squash soup too! i love your version…and since i have plenty of squash left, i can try it.

  5. Mary Says:

    Sounds delish~ especially with the Chardonnay & Eric Clapton :-)

  6. Jen C. Says:

    Mmmm, that looks and *smells* incredible :) I love homemade soup. They always taste so much better than the stuff from cans!

  7. Yanet Says:

    This sounds so good. It makes me crave the soup AND autumn.

  8. LOLA Says:

    Love this ‘B’ post! This is the best butternut squash soup recipe I’ve ever come across!

    Have a great weekend,


    btw My quick Alphabe-Thursday link is here

  9. JDaniel4's Mom Says:

    This sounds like the perfect fall meal. I love that you take me step by step through it.

  10. Polly (5th Sister) Says:

    I made butternut squash soup last night and almost used it as my post, too. This looks wonderful. I didn’t think to put bacon or celery in my version. I bet it was quite savory and yummy.

  11. Jenny Matlock Says:

    This sounds scrumptious. I am going to need to figure out how to substitute fresh, but this is on the menu for the weekend. We would have this with a lovely oil and vinegar dressed salad and some crusty rolls. Yum!

    Thanks for this delicious stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursdays letter “B”!

    It was a great recipe for fall!


  12. Rocky Mountain Woman Says:

    Hi Brenda!

    I guess I should have included some sort of substitution for the frozen squash given the time of year! I would probably add about two cups of cooked squash in place of the package of frozen squash. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!



  13. Tracy Says:

    I love homemade soup I am very lucky that AJ ( My AUnt) is retired now and makes me the most wonderful soups.
    I love Williams and Sonoma wish we had them in uk

    I will think carefully before I buy a back pack thank you

  14. Rocky Mountain Woman Says:

    Hi Tracy,

    Thanks for stopping by. I was excited to finally get a backpack to carry all of my photography equipment, but man is it big! It takes up so much space and is hard to lug around. So, I keep my camera in my old bag and just basically use the backpack when I am traveling or going out specifically to shoot…

  15. Gattina Says:

    It certainly looks very good, unfortunately I am not a friend of soups, which Mr. G. regrets, lol !

  16. Bonnie Says:

    I have never had butternut squash. I like everything else in the soup so I may just have to try it!! Great “B” post today!!

  17. Sue Anderson Says:

    That soup sounds really yummy and hearty. I love butternut squash soup, but I’ve never tried it with bacon!

    You’ve definitely got my mouth watering…


  18. Viki Says:

    I’ve never eaten squash but this soup looks very tasty. Comfort food.

  19. Sunny's Life in Rehab Says:

    Ooooo, that sounds delish! I’ll have to vegetarian it up a little, but this sounds like a definite menu addition!

    And you’re funny. If you’re ever in Miami, I’ll meet you for a glass of wine and a William Sonoma run.

  20. Pat Says:

    I’ve also made this delicious soup! Yours looks so good. I like Williams Sonoma recipes so much I bought one of their cook books.

  21. Judie Says:

    I LOVE that soup! It is some serious comfort food.
    Thanks for stoppin by my blog.

  22. Sandy Says:

    Did I miss something while reading your post? Heart healthy bacon? Or was that a funny?
    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog today and I’m so very sorry to hear of your husband and what he went through… this makes me so sad when I hear how many people do not get the gift of life in time….but as you said, I have to maintain a good attitude and I keep life funny at all times….
    I gave up meat many years ago to avoid the fat that cloggs us up inside and no salt… hence my comment on the bacon…no such thing as heart healthy meat!
    thanks again for your visit.

  23. Carmen Henesy Says:

    That sounds like just the ticket for dinner tonight – though, like Shirley Valentine, I think I’ll have a glass along side me to sip while I do the fixing. What a glorious meal. I am a real fan of homemade soups myself.

  24. Rocky Mountain Woman Says:

    Hi Sunny,

    I do go to South Florida fairly often since my family lives there (I used to live in Ft. Lauderdale). I’m always up for a glass of wine and a Williams Sonoma run!!!



  25. Cheryl Says:

    Healthiest of foods: bacon! Snort.

    This is one fine looking meal.

  26. Kim Says:

    That soup sounds mahvelous and easy. I love soup when it is colder too. I will have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Lourie Says:

    It’s still too hot for soup here…but that does sound delicious!!!! Yum!

  28. Susan Merritt Says:

    So, where do you find butternut squash packaged like that? I love this recipe but I have never cooked butternut squash. I have cooked acorn squash and I have eaten butternut squash but…never cooked it. Nothing says fall like a great soup!

  29. stef Says:

    Now that I have slobbered all over my keyboard and clothes….looks so good!

  30. NatureGirl Says:

    Oh MY that looks yummy! Happy Alphabethursday!

  31. bkmackenzie Says:

    Sounds delicious with warm bread or a breadbowl…best soup in the fall…bkm

  32. sue Says:

    Love squash and have some garden fresh that will make this soup an extra healthy soup. Great recipe and like you said….very healthy and perfect for cold weather and the Letter B. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Mari Says:

    I’ll start with.. butternut squash isn’t a fixed element on our shopping list BUT I am willing to try. I shall let you know how we get go. :)

  34. Pondside Says:

    Oh that looks good!…..and so did your Caesar salad recipe. Thanks for sharing the W&S recipe – we don’t have that store on the island and I don’t get to WA very often where there is a W&S. I’d be a faithful customer if I could!

  35. Raw Thoughts And Feelings Says:

    I suffered from the changes in weather too, so your soup might do the trick! Looks so scrumptious, and mouth watering!

  36. Paige Says:

    I LOVE butternut squash. Yum!

  37. Jingle Says:

    yummy b post.
    have fun!

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