Butternut Squash Soup with Verjus

3 poundsButternut squash
2 cupsSliced yellow onion
2 teaspoonsFinely chopped garlic
2 cups Chicken stock *
1 ½ cupsKokomo Culinary Verjus
1 cupHeavy cream
1 ¾ teaspoons or to tasteSalt
¼ teaspoon or to tasteWhite Pepper


Preheat oven to 375.

Slice the squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds and pulp. Place the two squash halves flesh side down on a greased baking pan. Roast about one hour, until the squash can be easily pierced with a knife. Set aside to cool.

Place the onions, garlic, olive oil and 1 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water evaporates. Continue cooking and stirring on low until the onions are translucent.

Scrape the flesh from the squash with a large metal spoon. Add squash, chicken stock and Verjus to the onions. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes.

Puree in batches in a blender or food processor and pass through a sieve.

Add the heavy cream and season to taste with salt and white pepper.

Garnish with pepitas, if desired.

* Note: If using canned chicken stock, reduce 4 cups unsalted to 2 cups.

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