Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup



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  • 00:15Prep Time
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Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 tsp. Johnny’s Seasoning Salt
  • 1 tsp. Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  3. Place butternut squash, onion, bell pepper and bacon in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Add olive oil and garlic; season with Johnny’s Seasoning Salt and Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper.
  5. Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until butternut squash is tender, stirring at halftime.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  7. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  9. Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  10. Add butternut squash mixture and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes; season with Johnny’s Seasoning Salt and Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper.
  11. Stir in chicken stock and puree with an immersion blender.
  12. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
  13. If the soup is too thick, add more chicken stock as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  14. Serve immediately, garnished with bacon, goat cheese and chives, if desired.