Autumnalyum: Seckel Pear and Delicata Squash Soup

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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Halve delicatas, scoop seeds and roast, open side down, for 20-40 minutes, or until flesh is soft.
  3. While roasting, chop onion and garlic, and quarter pears (if you’re using a high-powered blender no need to remove seeds or stems).
  4. Heat non-stick spray in a large wide pan.  Add onion and saute until soft.  Add garlic and saute more until fragrant.
  5. Add pears and saute until soft.  Add thyme and saute more until fragrant.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar, stock/broth and salt & pepper to taste.  Bring to boil and then remove from heat.
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  1. 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)
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