On one gray Sunday evening with only some rapidly declining seckel pears and a pair of lonely delicata squash on hand, I endeavored to create a quick and easy supper. And this Saveur-inspired soup turned out to be just the ticket. It turned a desperate Sunday night into a gastronomical “aah!” with it’s perfectly autumnal balance of delicate sweetness and rich savory.
The dish didn’t look pretty, and hopes certainly weren’t high — but boy were our taste buds pleased. Even my MSG-addicted boyfriend licked the bowl clean *swear it*. Too boot: it’s fat-free 🙂 Yum!
Seckel Pear and Delicata Squash Soup
vegetarian, optionally vegan, gluten free
serves 2 as a meal
- 2 seckel pears
- 2 small delicata squash
- 1/2 onion (white or yellow)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups broth/stock of your choice
- salt & pepper to taste
- my non-fat crème fraîche substitute*
- real, tasty, trees on the bottle maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Halve delicatas, scoop seeds and roast, open side down, for 20-40 minutes, or until flesh is soft.
- While roasting, chop onion and garlic, and quarter pears (if you’re using a high-powered blender no need to remove seeds or stems).
- Heat non-stick spray in a large wide pan. Add onion and saute until soft. Add garlic and saute more until fragrant.
- Add pears and saute until soft. Add thyme and saute more until fragrant.
- Add balsamic vinegar, stock/broth and salt & pepper to taste. Bring to boil and then remove from heat.
- Then there are two options: a) toss it all into a high-powered blender (preferably a Vitamix :)) and keep ‘er going until very smooth, or b) use an immersion blender to puree until the soup is very smooth.
- Serve with nice drizzlies of non-fat crème fraîche and maple syrup. YUM!
reduced-fat crème fraîche substitute
- lemon juice
- low or non-fat grass fed sour cream or greek yogurt (or the vegan sour cream or yogurt sub of your choice)
- Add approximately 1 tsp of lemon juice per 1/2 cup of sour cream or yogurt. Mix and you’re done! (If it’s too thick you can add some water)