Smoke Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Smoked Bacon
Smoke Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe topped with smoked bacon is the perfect fall soup. Butternut squash is roasted in the smoker for this comforting dish.
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Mary Cressler | Vindulge
To Smoke the Butternut Squash and Bacon:
butternut squash, about 2-3 lbs, skin removed and cut into cubes
extra virgin olive oil
For the Soup:
medium onion, chopped
medium apple, peeled, core removed, and cut into cubes
garlic clove, diced
chicken stock, smoked or regular stock
red pepper flakes
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Crumbled smoked bacon
Crème fraîche (or sour cream)
To Smoke the Butternut Squash:
Prepare smoker to 225 degrees using apple wood.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Peel the skin of the squash with a vegetable slicer and then cut into cubes. Toss with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper, just to coat.
Place on a baking sheet with foil liner. Place on smoker for up to 3 hours, or until you see some caramelization and the pieces are fork tender.
While the squash is smoking add the bacon and cook for 45 minutes - 1 hour (or until it is nice and crispy).
For the Butternut Squash Soup:
In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil, butter, onions and apple cubes. Cook until the onions and apples are soft but not caramelized (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
Add 4 cups of broth, smoked butternut squash cubes, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Continue cooking over medium heat and bring to a simmer, about 15 minutes.
Puree soup with a hand immersion blender (or countertop blender in small batches) until smooth. If soup is too thick, add more broth until it reaches desired consistency.
Serve in bowls with a dollop of crème fraîche and top with fried sage and smoked bacon crumbles.
To make fried sage:
just heat up 1 tablespoon of butter in a small pan. Add several sage leaves and fry for about 2-3 minutes, until crispy. Place on a paper towel to remove excess butter.