Many years ago I was gifted a little book authored by American cheese maven Paula Lambert, who owns the Mozzarella Company in Dallas, Texas.
The book is called “Cheese, Glorious Cheese.” I couldn’t think of a better title for a cheese book myself!
I remember I was almost scared to open the book. I don’t need any help eating and enjoying cheese.
But then, I did. And the recipes are really fun.
Being that I’m dreaming of fall and, my butternut squashes have successfully matured in my garden, I thought what better recipe to make from this book but a butternut squash soup with a dollop of Gorgonzola crema.
It just takes soup to a new level, right? Oh, and there’s also some peppered bacon bits on top as well. Perfect for an almost-fall, wishing-for-fall lunch.
Butternut Squash Bisque with Gorgonzola Crema
Extremely Adapted from, “Cheese, Glorious Cheese”
1 large butternut squash, about 2 pounds
Chicken broth, about 4 cups
8 ounces peppered bacon, diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
4 shallots, chopped
8 ounces marscapone
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup crema, or Mexican sour cream
3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
Begin the soup by peeling the butternut squash, and removing the seeds. Cut up the squash into fairly uniform-sized pieces and place them in a large pot.
Pour the broth over the top – just enough to cover – and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover the pot, and let the squash cook for about 30 minutes, or until tender. Remove the lid and let the squash cool.
In a skillet, place the bacon and butter. Cook the bacon until to your taste. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, but keep the skillet with the butter and bacon fat.
Over medium heat, cook the onion and shallots for about 5-6 minutes, or until soft.
When the squash has cooled, remove it from the pot with a slotted spoon and place in a large blender jar. I only begin adding the broth when blending begins, so that I can control the consistency.
Add the onion-shallots, the marscapone, and salt. Blend, adding a little broth as necessary, to make the soup to your desired thickness. I prefer my cream-based soups quite thick.
Stir together the crema and gorgonzola, and have the bacon dice on hand.
Ladle the hot soup into soup bowls.
Place a dollop of the gorgonzola cream in the center, and then sprinkle on the bacon.
The flavor combination is incredible. I could actually do without the bacon.
Personally, I forced myself to follow through on the gorgonzola; I much prefer feta. But it’s wonderful.
It’s good to stir the gorgonzola cream into the soup, but not too much. You want to taste those different flavors.
If you didn’t notice, I like thick, rich, creamy soups. If you didn’t want to make a rich soup, you can use evaporated milk instead of marscapone. But don’t omit the butter! Butter belongs in soups!
Or, you could simply use chicken broth. But that’s no fun. Happy Fall!