Gisela's Butternut Squash Soup

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (2 pound) butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Melt butter in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, and stir in the butternut squash cubes, orange juice, and orange zest. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the squash cubes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour back into the pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the soup right in the cooking pot. Whisk in sour cream until smooth, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat over medium-low heat until almost simmering, and serve hot.