Soup is good food! Perfect for a light lunch, soup will keep the hunger pains a bay before your evening Thanksgiving feast. For a seasonal soup recipe, we turned to Richard Blais, the winner of Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars, for a recipe featuring acorn squash. Blais lightened up the traditional recipe by using Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. Serve the soup without garnish for an easy-to-prepare lunch, or deck it out with pomegranate seeds, a little chorizo, cilantro, and a bit of lime.
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From Richard Blais
Acorn Squash Soup With Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt
1⁄4 white onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp celery, chopped
1 whole acorn squash, chopped
1 1⁄2 quart chicken stock
1/2 cup Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt, plus more for garnish
1⁄4 cup chorizo, crumbled
2 tbsp canned cranberry jelly
3 leaves cilantro
1 tsp smoked paprika
Pomegranate seeds for garnish
Lime for garnish
- In a stockpot, cook the onion, bay leaf, garlic, and celery in some olive oil until the garlic releases aroma.
- Add the chopped acorn squash and then the chicken stock and simmer. When the acorn squash is cooked, swirl in Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt and remove from the heat.
- Puree the acorn squash mixture and pass through a sieve so it is smooth. Set aside.
- In a separate pan, cook the chorizo and paprika.
- Garnish the soup with the crumbled chorizo, cilantro, pomegranate seeds, and a squeeze of lime. Add a dollop of Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt.
Makes four to six servings.