Butternut Squash, Pear, Brown Rice, Chicken Soup Chopped

Butternut Squash is paired with Pear for a savory sweet soup that will please the whole family. Chicken for protein and Brown Rice for healthful carbs. It’s a Balanced Meal in a Bowl!
Butternut Squash, Pear, Brown Rice, Chicken Soup Chopped

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Butternut Squash, Pear Soup Chopped

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I made a Roasted Hubbard, Apple, and Sherry V Soup Chopped a while ago. Cheese chopping Hubbard squash soup chopped 032 cropped We loved the smooth texture of the soup even though there was no cream involved. I thought I’d tackle a Butternut version with the same idea in mind. Chopping calories but still a flavorful soup! This time I made the Soup Chopped with a few possible variations. It’s up to you whether you want a smooth silky soup that’s a perfect appetizer or a more hearty version that is a delish “Balanced Meal in a Bowl”. We like hearty meals in a bowl around here so I added Chopped Chicken and Brown Rice. The silky texture of the soup with the chunky chicken and chewy brown rice coupled with the crunch of the Almonds was a true spot hitter!

I decided to use the Hubbard Squash Soup Chopped Recipe as a template. I had a ripe pear that needed a home so that replaced the apple. I used Red Wine Vinegar instead of Sherry Vinegar and Almonds for Pistachios because that’s what I had. The one unique departure from the Hubbard recipe is the addition of White Beans. White Beans add extra healthful fiber and protein. So even if you’re not adding the Chicken you’ll get a dose of protein.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves Approximately 4-6

Preheat oven to 400 degrees to roast the Butternut Squash

2014-11-06 Chopped and unChopped Olives Butternut pear soup Chris CK (13)
Baking Sheet Ingredients:
1 Butternut Squash. Halved and Seeded. See ” “How do I Chop This…Butternut Squash”
1 Tablespoon Melted Butter. Use only enough to coat the cut sides of the Squash. Reserve the rest for sautéing the Bowl/Pot Ingredients
A sprinkle of Kosher or Sea Salt

Bowl/Pot Ingredients:
Reserved Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Brown or Red Onion, Chopped. Yield of 1 cup
1 Ripe Pear, Chopped
1/2 cup Chopped Carrot
1 cup Chopped Mushrooms
3 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
1 teaspoon dried Sage
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 cup Great Northern White Beans. If canned, lightly drained
4 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
4 cups Roasted Butternut Squash

2014-11-1 Pear Lemon Slushy Chopped Mushroom cluster (19) Look at these beautiful White Beech Mushrooms that came in my “Farm Fresh to You”
Box. I’d never seen them before. It’s totally fine to use whatever mushrooms you have or like! Brown, Crimini or Button are easy to find.

Full Meal Additions:
8 oz. Chopped Chicken Breast
1 cup cooked Brown Rice, Quinoa or Barley

Zing Factors: Use one or all, it’s up to you!
1 teaspoon Turmeric. For super antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
1-2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
16 – 20 Oven Roasted Almonds, Chopped, for Garnish

Baking Sheet Prep:

Is your oven pre-heated? On a Baking Sheet sprayed with non-stick spray place the Halved and Seeded Butternut Squash, coated with the butter and salt, cut side down. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and caramelized. When cool enough to handle, scrape shells and reserve the squash. You should have about 2 cups or so.

Bowl/Pot Ingredient Prep: In a Soup Pot heated to Medium High, add the Reserved Butter and Oil. Add the Bowl/Pot Ingredients up to and including Smoked Paprika. You can also add the Turmeric if desired. Sauté until the veggies/fruit are soft and slightly caramelized. Now add the White Beans, Broth and Butternut. Stir to combine. Cook this mixture for about 30 minutes to enhance the flavors. Remove from heat and get out “the Boat Motor” stick blender. Blend till smooth. If desired, add 1 Tablespoon of the Zing Factor Red Wine Vinegar. Check for seasoning and add more if desired.

2014-11-06 Chopped and unChopped Olives Butternut pear soup Chris CK (29)At this point you can serve as a smooth soup or add the Full Meal Ingredients and stir to combine. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with Chopped Almonds if you’d like…then
“Get Your Spoons Ready!”
Butternut Squash, Pear, Brown Rice,  Chicken Soup Chopped

This Chopped is linked up at “Homestead Blog Hop” at “Simple Life Mom”!
This recipe featured at “Our Three Peas” Wine’d Down Wednesday #62 Linky
Featured as well at “Dizzy Busy and Hungry” Wine’d Down Wednesday #62 Linky
This recipe featured at “The Mom Maven” Turn Tuesday #61 Linky

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37 Responses to Butternut Squash, Pear, Brown Rice, Chicken Soup Chopped

  1. Cathy says:

    I love butternut squash soup and I really love your version! Yum! Thank you so much for sharing this on MMM! You rock! :-)
    Cathy

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  8. This sounds like it would taste great in front of a fireplace with a blankie and snow outside! Yum!

  9. Christie says:

    Your soup looks amazing!! And those mushrooms? Too cool! Reminds me of the Back to Basics mushrooms I grew once. Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFriday this week.

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  21. Your recipe looks so delicious! Thank you for joining us this last weekend on #PureBlogLove recipe and DIY craft Link Party! I hope to see you this Thursday night again, the party starts at 8 pm EST and runs all weekend! I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up next!
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  22. Love this recipe! I never thought to use a pear instead of apples! What a great combo! Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays! Pinning!

  23. I get so hungry when I visit your blog. Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

  24. This looks like the prefect soup to enjoy on a cold winter’s evening. Delish!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  25. I have never tired a squash soup. I really should. Thanks for participating in Merry Monday Linky Party this week. Now comes my Friday Feature Linky party and would love to have you join us.

    Hope you have a great weekend!!
    Karren @Oh My Heartsie Girl

  26. Choclette says:

    Bah, just lost my comment, which was a slightly extended version of “this sounds delicious”.

  27. Kecia says:

    I love the addition for fruit in this soup!!

  28. Nicky says:

    This looks delicious. I like the combination of the squash and pear.

  29. Oh!! Looks amazing and so filling! Great flavors!

  30. What a lovely soup and so many great flavors. I love the white beech mushrooms.

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