Friday, November 11, 2011

FFWD Spiced Squash, Fennel, and Pear Soup

My delicious Spiced Squash, Fennel, and Pear Soup

As I've mentioned before, my husband is not a very adventurous eater. That's probably an understatement! However, every once in awhile he surprises me by eating something I thought for sure he would scowl at e.g. Dories Stuffed Pumpkin. What a surprise that was! Despite the surprise, I truly thought he would enjoy this French Friday recipe. He has a fondness for pureed soups...he ate the stuffed pumpkin...he enjoys most fruit, including pears. So what was not to like? Who knows, but he didn't! I did! So, more for me! I had cooked down a pumpkin and pureed it last week. Therefore, I didn't have to cook the pumpkin (squash) today. This made the preparation much easier. The most difficult part of this soup was chopping all the veggies. I found this to be a lovely, flavorful soup. The added cream gave the soup a luscious, rich taste. This would be a delightful soup to serve for a holiday meal...just don't invite my husband!


This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table". It has also been posted here.

Soup simmering...ready to puree
Lovely aroma and texture

Delightfully delicious! 

Enjoy!

27 comments:

  1. I am all about the soup all the time...this looks fantastic and that last photo is just plain pretty! Need to get to this one soon...soup for lunch is my favorite thing always, even in the summer!

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  2. Your soup looks so good! I'm about to go put a pumpkin in the oven to make this today. We had our first snow last night, so soup for dinner sounds perfect.

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  3. I am so surprised your husband didn't like it Kathy - it looks wonderful! When I make this again I am going to do what you did - roast the squash the day before because I made this after work and was surprised at how long it took to make with the roasting and cutting. Boy, some of that squash is hard to cut! This is such a great soup for fall. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  4. I'm so sorry your husband wasn't into this soup but then yaay...more for you! If you're making this for the holiday season, just make sure you make stuffed pumpkin alongside it for the more discerning eaters on the table! I loved the taste of this soup but I guess I was the only one too :). Oh well...

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  5. You just never know what will go over with those keepers of finicky tastebuds...
    At least you were able to enjoy!
    Have a great weekend :-)

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  6. It is always an adventure, no ? I laugh thinking that we are now at the point in our homes (Nana's and mine) that when a recipe doesn't go over well - we blame it on OUR tastebuds failing because we have implicit trust in Dorie ! We will be making more soup (if not this exact combo :) in the coming months and were happy Dorie got us started on the path. Great photos and loved your comment of "more for you". Win win :)

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  7. Oh well, can't please them all can you. Happy to hear that you enjoyed this one, even if your husband was not impressed. As you said, more soup for you.

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  8. Kathy-I would welcome this lovely soup at my table any time, and for sure we would all love, and enjjoy it! The squash rustic flavor combined with the sweet delicate flavor of the pear, and the smooth texture from the cream makes it so comforting, and delicious:DDD

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  9. Just noticed that my e-mail address showed up instead of my blog name. Can't open up my firefox acct. which has my photo, and blog address in it!
    Kathy, that was me...leaving the last comment.
    Elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds

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  10. Elizabeth, I knew that! Some times technology really makes me crazy!

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  11. Oh my, I totally get what you mean about expecting your husband to like the soup but he doesn't! Same thing with my BF!! You use every ingredient and preparation method that he enjoyed in the past but booom! He pushes the dish away.

    Well, like you said, more soup for you. :) Because it looks absolutely delicious.

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  12. What a luscious and delicious looking soup!

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  13. I love the golden color. Sorry your husband didn't enjoy it. They are so unpredictable in their tastes sometimes. Mine said he wouldn't eat it because of the pears, but then ate it several times. Go figure. Have a great weekend.

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  14. You know how well I relate to your situation...and I definitely agree that we were both lucky to have plenty of leftovers for just us! Have a great weekend, Kathy~

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  15. My husband and kids loved the soup however once I started to tell them what was in it, they stopped me. They've learnt that sometimes it's better to not know! The flavour was distinct so I was surprised that all 5 of us liked it. Love your pics!

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  16. wow, the puree in your pot looks so much thicker and more orange than the soup in the bowl! I wonder why? ... Glad you liked it! I was feeling a bit under the weather and this didn't taste good to me.... :( Love the luscious creme fraiche though!

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  17. The lighting was much different. I took the shots of the bowl with a fluorescent light above the bowl, because it had gotten too dark for natural light. The pot was taken at the stove with just the overhead light. The soup was actually more the color of what was in the pot.

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  18. Kathy, what's up with these darn picky husbands? I think in the husband lottery, picky eaters should be given to those wives who can't cook. Your soup looks great!

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  19. I loved this soup too - like you say, more for you.

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  20. What a lovely soup. It is the color of molten gold. I'd love to have a bowl of it. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  21. Too bad your husband didn't care for it, Kathy, but I think it looks and sounds delicious. And I bet it freezes a dream, so there's more for you!

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  22. Sorry your husband is such a picky eater - but as the other commenters have said, it's nice that there was more for you!

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  23. I don't know which is worse, a picky eater or one that eats anything....
    Your soup looks great, and even though I did not like it, I could appreciate
    the wonderful texture. I plan on making the corn soup again for our trip to Vermont for Thanksgiving, since I froze all the fresh corn from summer.

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  24. Your husband is hilarious! It reminds me of my 2 brothers. My mother would tell me to stop eating everything and for them to EAT something!

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  25. Hi, Kathy!

    Besides the fact that we were out of town for Veterans' Day weekend, I jumped ahead one week! I'm glad you enjoyed the soup - I didn't get to make it.

    I was skeptical about the Lamb because I thought it would be gamey, but it was really tender.

    Enjoy your week!

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  26. this looks simply amazing and beautiful. Perfect for fall but so light and refreshing you could really have it anytime. Oh and your ginger scones post- awesome!

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  27. Your soup is beautiful! My spouse liked the soup but wasn't eager for me to make it for our dinner party this weeken - I agree with you, whats not to like!

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