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Squash Soup du Jour

Squash Soup du Jour
Swap out the chicken stock for vegetable stock and make this soup vegetarian!
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  1. 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  2. 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  3. 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  4. 1/2 cup peeled and chopped tart apple
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  6. Freshly ground black pepper
  7. 4 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash
  8. 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  11. 4 slices soft white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  12. 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
  13. 2 tablespoons honey
  14. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  15. 1/4 cup yogurt
  16. 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a in Le Creuset Soup Pot set over medium heat. Add onion and carrot. Cook, while stirring, until onion is translucent. Add apple. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Stir to combine. Add squash, rosemary sprig, bay leaf and chicken broth. Bring to a rapid simmer, stir, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 15 minutes or until squash is tender.
  2. While the soup is cooking, make croutons by melting remaining butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. The butter should foam, but not brown. Add cubed bread and cook, tossing frequently, until well browned on all sides. Season with minced rosemary and a pinch of salt. Toss a few more times in the pan, then set aside on a paper towel-lined plate until ready to serve.
  3. Remove the soup from the heat and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Return to the stove over low heat and season with honey, paprika and 1 teaspoon salt. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Whisk together yogurt and lemon zest. Serve the soup drizzled with yogurt and topped with croutons and chopped rosemary.
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