RECIPE TITLE Savory Squash Soup"
recipe excerpted from Wolfgang Puck's Pizza, Pasta, and More
Copyright © 2000 by Wolfgang Puck
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Makes 2 Quarts--
2 butternut squash (about 3 ¾ lb)
1 acorn squash (about 1 ¾ lb)
6 tbls (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 white onion (about 4 oz.), peeled, trimmed, and finely diced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground white pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
4 cups homemade Chicken Stock, or Vegetable Stock, or store-bought, heated
1 cup heavy cream
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Cut each squash in half and discard the seeds. Brush cut sides with 2 tbls of melted butter. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Arrange the squash cut side down on a rack placed in a baking tray and bake until tender, about 1½ hours. Cool, scoop out the insides of the squash, and puree the flesh in a food processor. Reserve. (You should have about 4 cups of pureed squash.)
3. In a medium stockpot, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Over low heat, sweat the onion. Do not allow to brown. Add the pureed squash and cook over very low hear until heated through, stirring occasionally. Do not allow it to bubble up. Season with salt, pepper, ginger, and cardamom.
4. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil, still over low heat, stirring often. Cook about 20 minutes.
5. In a small saucepan, heat the cream with the rosemary sprig. Remove the rosemary and pour the cream into the soup. Transfer to a blender or food processor and process, in batches, for 2 or 3 minutes. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
6. To serve, ladle the soup into heated bowls. Garnish asdesired.
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Puck starts with the basics--stocks, sauces, dressings, and condiments. With chicken or vegetable stock fresh made or stored in your freezer, you have the base for Hazelnut Brown Butter and Herb Sauce (toss with wild-mushroom ravioli and dust with Parmesan) or Tomato Garlic Basil Sauce (good for pasta or pizza). The salads range from a classic Caesar with Homemade Tapenade Croutons to a Grilled Ahi Tuna Niçoise Salad to a colorful stacked Roasted Beet Napoleon. Thin-crust wood-oven pizzas are Puck's signature and he does not disappoint. The Herbed Artichoke Pizza is studded with sautéed artichoke bottoms, niçoise olives, and caramelized onions and the Tangy Chicken Pizza features peppers, eggplant, and chicken marinated in olive oil, lime, jalapeños, garlic, and cilantro. Try the brunch pizza with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on a leisurely Sunday.
The pastas are equally as enticing. Puck suggests making your own and includes his fail-safe recipe. Particularly temping are Angel Hair with Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Crispy Calamari with Chinese Noodles and Spicy Garlic Sauce, and Gnocchi with Braised Veal Shank.
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