BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP WITH BACON

Makes about 4 1/2 cups.

This is one of my favorite soups. I add some brandy to the onions while they saute. I also add some Cumin to the soup mix. Recommend running through a sieve for a smoother texture. Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

Ingredients

Accompaniments

Directions

In a skillet cook bacon until crisp and drain, reserving 1 1/2 tablespoons fat. Crumble bacon. In a heavy saucepan cook onion, leek, garlic, and bay leaf with salt and pepper to taste in reserved fat over moderate heat, stirring, until softened.

Add squash, apple, peeled and chopped, broth, and 1/2 cup water. Simmer mixture, covered, until squash is very tender, about 15 minutes, and discard bay leaf.

In a blender purée mixture in batches, transferring as puréed to a clean saucepan, and add enough additional water to thin soup to desired consistency.

Whisk in sour cream or crème fraîche and salt and pepper to taste and heat soup over moderately low heat until hot (do not boil).

Serve soup topped with crumbled bacon and accompaniments.

Gourmet October 1994