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Squash & Fennel Soup with Honey-Roasted Cashews

Perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening: the beautifully complementary flavors of fennel and butternut squash melded together in a silky-smooth soup garnished with crunchy sweet and salty cashews.

Ingredients

Serves
6
  • 1 cup whole roasted salted cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 bulb (about 1 1/4 pounds) fennel, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Graisse de Canard Gold® or olive oil
  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 1/2 ounces Glace de Poulet Gold® or Veggie-Stock Gold® dissolved in 4 cups hot water
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Methods/steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss the cashews and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Add the honey and stir to combine. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Roast them for about 15 minutes, until they are dark golden brown. Remove the cashews from the oven and return them to the bowl.  Add the chopped cilantro and toss.  Spread the nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet and set them aside to cool.
  3. Add the onion, fennel, and Graisse de Canard Gold® to a stockpot over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, about 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the squash and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the dissolved Glace de Poulet Gold® or Veggie-Stock Gold®, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the squash is tender. Remove the pot from the heat.
  5. Working in batches, purée the soup carefully a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the soup garnished with the honey-roasted cashews.

Additional Tips

The cashews can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room  temperature.

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Classic French Stocks and Sauces