Butternut Squash-Leek Soup

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Retrieved From: My Recipes

Cozy up in this cold weather with a warm cup of this healthy soup! The leek creates a light onion flavor that is truly scrumptious and does not over power the sweetness of the butternut squash.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole garlic head
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 cups thinly sliced leek (about 4 large)
  • 4 cups (3/4 inch) cubes peeled butternut squash (about 1 medium)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fat free, less-sodium broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap head in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.
  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leek; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic, squash, 2 cups water, broth, salt, and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until squash is tender. Place half of squash mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over the opening in the blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour pureed soup into a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture.

Nutrition Information: 167 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 0.5 Saturated Fat, 351 mg Sodium