Piquillo-Squash Soup Shooters

October 2006
Piquillo-Squash Soup Shooters

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You can sip (or chug!) this tasty fall soup right out of a mug or glass—no spoon necessary.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 garlic clovesmashed, skins removed and clove halved
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 jarred roasted piquillo peppers or 1 large jarred roasted red pepper, drained and chopped
  • 1 shot dry Sherry or Marsala wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 10 ounce box  frozen cooked butternut or winter squash, thawed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • A few dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds or chopped slivered almonds, toasted
  • Flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (a generous handful)
Directions
  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat with the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan. Add the garlic and shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the piquillo peppers and heat for 1 minute. Add the Sherry and cook for 30 seconds. Transfer to a food processor with 1/4 cup broth and puree until smooth; return to the pan.
  2. Add the squash and the remaining 3/4 cup chicken broth to the soup. Whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt, pepper and hot sauce and simmer for a few minutes. Stir in the cream and simmer for 1 minute. Serve the soup in espresso cups topped with the pumpkin seeds and parsley.
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